ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan spent more than $330,000 to finance a month-long satellite camp tour in June 2016 but also received financial backing of the tour from an unnamed donor.
Landof10.com obtained Michigan’s expenses for the Summer Swarm trip through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Michigan’s expenses for airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals and “other” expenses totaled $334,711. Here’s a breakdown:
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel told reporters in June in Ann Arbor that he anticipated the costs related to Michigan’s satellite camp tour to total somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000, and that he anticipated that private donors would offset some costs.
The 2015 “Summer Swarm” totaled $211,948 for Michigan’s eight-day, seven-state, nine-camp tour.
“It’s an investment that we’re making in our program and football, and the things that (Jim Harbaugh) is doing with the kids and that our coaches are doing across the country,” Manuel said in June.
The cost of the month-long satellite camp tour, which spanned the United States, the South Pacific and Australia, was also assisted by an unnamed donor.
“Gift funds from a donor who asked to remain anonymous were used to pay for the expenses for the tour,” a FOIA response from Michigan’s Office of General Counsel stated. “Additional information pertaining to that donor is withheld pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, which allows the university to refrain from disclosing information that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of an individual’s privacy.”