Thanks to native Ohioan Mike Furrey, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, the Madison-Plains football program has received an infusion of $15,000 over the past few months.
This spring, Furrey donated $5,000 to the program through his non-profit organization, The Mike Furrey Foundation. The National Football Leagues Youth Football Fund matched that donation, sending another $5,000 to Madison-Plains. Furrey also has made a second donation through his foundation of $5,000 in appreciation of the Madison-Plains players who volunteered to help with his June 22 celebrity golf tournament at Tartan Fields in Dublin.
The school board accepted the latest donations at its July 15 meeting. Corporate contributions and part of Furreys NFL earnings fund his foundation. The non-profits mission is toimprove the lives of those who are hungry, homeless, hurting and/or hopeful.
Furrey is the son-in-law of Barry Blackstone, Madison-Plains new head football coach and a former Jonathan Alder coach. Two years ago, Furrey donated $5,000 to Plain City Elementary for playground equipment.
Furrey previously played for the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams. With six NFL seasons under his belt, he signed as a free agent with Cleveland in May. He and his wife, Koren, own an off-season home in Plain City.
Donation to FFA
School board member Dave Hunter donated $600 to the Madison-Plains FFA program. Students who learned how to weld in the last year made two grooming chutes for Hunters children who show cattle at the Madison County Fair.
“It means more to me that the kids made them than if I went and bought them somewhere, he said.Its a chance to promote our kids skills, and the program can make a little money.