Family, friends, caregivers and others gathered on a cool windy day on April 2nd outside BroMenn Hospital. Jimmy Jr. helped raise the Gift of Hope flag in honor of Michael’s decision to be a donor.
Because of Michael’s decision 200+ lives were saved or vastly improved through his passing later that evening. At 9:05 on April 2nd, Michael left us, but also left behind a legacy that we can only hope to come close to matching…..
Click here to see the slide show: Michael’s Gift of Hope to others
CLICK TO VIEW: A SHINING MOMENT for #19……….
Two years ago about this time Michael and his Hawks team were finishing 3rd in the NJCAA National Championships in Enid, OK. It was a great week for the Hawks; as well as for Michael. Enjoy watching and applauding as you know Michael would be very happy you did!
Today (5/30/14) it just happens that the same Madison team is playing today to get a chance to face Mesa Junior College for the title tomorrow. MCStrong.org wishes the three remaining teams good luck.
The Michael Collins Memorial Coaches Champion Trophy will be handed out to the title teams staff for the first time after the game.
One of Michael’s greatest moments was in Enid, Oklahoma – site of the NJCAA Baseball National Championship.
In his memory; the Coaches Champion Trophy will forever be named after him. Here is a picture of the 2014 trophy which will be presented to the coaching staff of the championship team at the end of the competition.
A beautiful tribute!
Michael was pictured in the Enid Newspaper after his passing on Wednesday, April 2nd and the information included with the photo.
Michael Collins of Heartland (Ill.) Community College is shown pulling into third during the 2011 Division II NJCAA World Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Collins died Wednesday due to injuries suffered when the car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver early Saturday in Illinois. He was remembered by Heartland coach Nate Metzger as a “kid that would put a smile on anybody’s face.”
(Staff File Photo by BILLY HEFTON)
MCStrong as of 6/8 had raised more money than the next 4 teams combined. What started off as a $1000.00 goal has ballooned into over 4400.00 in honor of Michael for MADD. Wow!
They lead the field that currently has raised over $32,000.00 for the organization. Pictures will be posted from the event later this evening we hope.
Thank you again for all the wonderful support monetary and otherwise.
Here are the top 5 teams for the Homer Glen event. Michael would have it no other way.
- #MCstrong – $4,434.00
- TEAM JACK – $1,570.00
- KEVIN IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER – $900.00
- Team Beef – $775.00
- Canzoneri Family – $759.00
Michael’s story was on page 16 of the 5/19 edition of Sports Illustrated….. Michael is smiling that big smile for certain in heaven!