If you have watched J.J. McCarthy play football for the University of Michigan, you are well aware of his talents on the field. Not only can he sling the ball around with his golden arm, but, when things break down, he can also make something out of nothing with his legs. But to McCarthy, “playin' ball” is not his main purpose in life. His main purpose in life is to do whatever he can to help those in need, especially children who are in need of medical care.
J.J. McCarthy started donating NIL money in 2021
Back in 2021, following the NCAA's announcement that college student-athletes could profit off their name, image, and likeness, McCarthy made a commitment to donate a portion of the NIL money he earned to Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago (he was born in Illinois) and to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Ann Arbor.
Not surprisingly, McCarthy took things a step further in 2021 by donating $7,500 from his “J.J. For the Kids Foundation” to multiple other children’s hospitals, and an additional $3,000 to families of Oxford High School and the Oxford school fund for those who were (and still are) affected by the shooting tragedy that killed four students.
J.J. McCarthy continues to make a difference around the world
On Friday night, McCarthy tweeted out that he is “COMMITTED” to continue donating NIL funds to Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago and to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Ann Arbor. He noted that 100% of all proceeds from his “Smiley Face” items go to the “J.J For the Kids Foundation” which gets distributed to children's hospitals and programs in need throughout the world.
During the 2022 season, McCarthy has supported the following away team's children's hospitals.
Iowa – University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
Indiana – Riley Hospital for Children
Rutgers – The Children's Hospital at St. Peter's University
Ohio State – Nationwide Children's Hospital
Big Ten Championship Game Site – Payton Manning Children's Hospital – St. Vincent's Foundation
Fiesta Bowl – Phoenix Children's Hospital
As you can see in the tweet below, McCarthy has now donated to quite a few different children's hospitals, and to other amazing funds and foundations.
Overall, J.J. McCarthy has now donated over $30,000 since 2021!
Folks, THIS is what it's all about!
Thank you, J.J. for everything you do for the kids!