The Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Endowment is getting a boost from the Cotton Bowl Foundation.
Wednesday, the Cotton Bowl Foundation announced it would match any donations up to $50,000 to the scholarship fund set up to honor the late Michigan State punter. The gift match will run until the Spartans’ spring game next April.
“Not only did Mike leave a lasting impact on the Spartan Nation, but he will long be remembered by the Cotton Bowl family,” Rick Baker, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic President/CEO, said in a press release. “We want to honor Mike’s legacy and help assure that future generations will remember the indelible mark he made. We hope others will follow our lead to support this tremendous cause.”
Sadler’s final game with the Spartans was in Michigan State’s comeback win in the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 2014 season. Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz were tragically killed in a car accident in July 2016. The Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Endowment was set up shortly after his death.
“We are extremely grateful to the Cotton Bowl Foundation for their generous support of the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship,” Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “Mike’s final game as a Spartan was the memorable comeback win in the Cotton Bowl in 2015 and he was also named the Cotton Bowl Scholar-Athlete Award winner that year.”