ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Chase Winovich was one of the most outgoing personalities on the Michigan football team this season, and he's ending the year with a bang.
Winovich, who wears jersey No. 15 for the Wolverines, challenged Michigan fans to raise $15,000 for the ChadTough foundation. In exchange, he promised to dye his hair orange for the Outback Bowl.
Michigan will battle South Carolina on Jan. 1, 2018, in the Outback Bowl.
The Crowdrise has already raised more than $21,000 in donations, so it looks like Winovich's blonde mane will get a makeover between now and New Year's Day.
I was in the #ChadTough car at Schembechler and @Chase_Winovich knocked on my window! He wants to help us raise money for DIPG research.— ChadTough Foundation (@chadtough) December 20, 2017
He’s going to DYE HIS HAIR ORANGE for the Outback Bowl if we raise $15,000 for No. 15!
GIVE NOW! https://t.co/mLGx1C28Ff#GoBlue #Michigan pic.twitter.com/DKaqyclGgf
The ChadTough Foundation was started by the family of Chad Carr, who died when he was 5 years old after a battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The foundation supports pediatric brain tumor research and studies nationwide.
It could be the last collegiate game for Winovich, who weighed his options this offseason. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Winovich has made a decision between leaving for the NFL draft or playing another season at Michigan, but it has not been revealed.
In 12 regular-season games, Winovich picked up 74 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He's made 111 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in his three-year career.
Fellow defensive lineman and Michigan senior Maurice Hurst said he will join Winovich with orange hair if donations reach $73,000. Hurst wears No. 73 for the Wolverines.
Hurst finished his final season at Michigan with 59 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He's widely regarded as one of the best defensive tackles in the nation.
Offensive tackle Grant Newsome threw his hat in the ring, saying he will dye his hair orange if donations reach $38,500. The number 38.5 is half of Newsome's jersey No. 77.
Newsome sat out the 2017 season due to a serious leg injury he suffered early in 2016. Before the injury, Newsome was one of Michigan's best offensive linemen.
“I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for making this whole thing possible.” - @Chase_Winovich
GIVE to get to $38,500 to see @grant_newsome go orange and then $73,000 to see @mohurstjr go orange! pic.twitter.com/wSXnD5TMR6
— ChadTough Foundation (@chadtough) December 21, 2017