One Michigan fan wants to make a loud statement about Penn State’s decision to commemorate Joe Paterno by not making noise.
That fan, Tim Flucht, does not want Michigan fans to boo the Nittany Lions when they take the field on Sept. 24 at Michigan Stadium. Rather, he wants to make a statement by raising money to help abused children.
Flucht has set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of $538,005 – five dollars for each person in the Big House’s 107,601-seat capacity.
Penn State is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game this Saturday when the team hosts Temple. This is what Flucht said caused him to make the page.
“Whether you believe the Freeh report got all the details right or not, this seems the most tone-deaf “celebration” I can remember,” he wrote. He added: That era of PSU history should never be “celebrated.”
Flucht added that making t-shirts and signs about Paterno or booing Penn State next weekend came across his mind, but decided that “wouldn’t accomplish anything.”
“So how do we show our displeasure, but still make a difference?” he wrote. “By corralling that outrage into something positive.”
You can read more about Flucht’s cause in the Detroit News. As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe had raised $360.