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Sarah Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh and Tammi Curtis, left to right at podium, remember Chad Carr at Michigan's 2016 Signing of the Stars event.

Michigan and ChadTough to host Saturday gala, softball players honored, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

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The inaugural Champions for Change Gala will be held Saturday night at Michigan’s Al Glick Field House with Jim Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, serving as hosts.

The event is a continuation of the partnership between the university and the ChadTough Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and research funds to fight the pediatric brain cancer disease diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

Chad Carr, grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, passed away from DIPG at age 5 in November 2015.

The foundation is donating $1.5 million to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor as part of the Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Initiative launched last November.

Several members of Michigan athletics, including the Harbaughs, athletic director Warde Manuel, men’s basketball coach John Beilein, and former athletes are expected to attend the event, according to MLive.com.

The foundation is hoping to raise $750,000 at this first-time event. It is hosting live and online auctions.

Softball players earn honors

Senior RHP Megan Betsa was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the 11th time in her career, and fifth time this season, while teammate Faith Canfield earned her first Player of the Week honor.

Canfield, a sophomore second baseman, hit .714 with a 1.071 slugging percentage, 1 home run and 7 RBIs as the Wolverines went 4-0 last week, including a three-game sweep at Rutgers over the weekend. Betsa allowed just 4 hits and struck out 17 batters in 10 shutout innings.

Michigan (41-10-1) is ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and will be the No. 2 seed this week in the Big Ten Tournament, which it is hosting. Minnesota, 51-3 and ranked No. 2 nationally, is the top seed. The two teams have not played each other this season.

Baseball beats CMU

The No. 16 Wolverines beat Central Michigan, 4-2, Tuesday in the first game of a home-and-home baseball series with the Chippewas. Michigan junior Drew Lugbauer had 3 hits with an RBI, and redshirt junior RHP Jackson Lamb worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning.

Michigan (36-11) plays in Mount Pleasant at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday.

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