BELMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Grand Valley State University football coach gifted tens of thousands of dollars Monday to a scholarship in the name of a former GVSU athlete.
Brian Kelly — now the head coach at Notre Dame — was back in West Michigan for his annual golf outing. The Kelly Cares Foundation Irish Eyes Golf Classic was held at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.
The luncheon at the event had both silent and live auctions, the proceeds of which will go to several charities and help fund breast cancer research. Kelly’s wife Paqui has twice fought breast cancer.
And the Kelly Cares Foundation made a $50,000 donation to GVSU in the name of Jamie Hosford to be used as the initial endowment for the Jamie Hosford Educational Scholarship Fund.
Hosford was the most decorated athlete ever at GVSU. He died in late March at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer. His sons Dan and Tom played at GVSU under Kelly.
Hosford’s family say they are honored to have the donation made in his name.
Kelly said West Michigan “embraced” his family after his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and they will always remember the support and give back to the region.