Michigan fans honor Aidan O'Connell, brother with $16 donations to Boilermaker Alliance
Aidan O’Connell is dealing with a personal tragedy as Purdue prepares for its first-ever B1G Championship Game appearance.
Following an emotional scene in the final moments of the win over Indiana, head coach Jeff Brohm indicated O’Connell was dealing with a lot. O’Connell and his family would later put out a statement via Purdue football revealing the passing of O’Connell’s older brother unexpectedly.
Ahead of Saturday’s game against Michigan, Wolverine fans have stepped up in an awesome manner. According to Boilermaker Alliance, “numerous Michigan fans have issued donations in amounts of $16 to honor O’Connell and his brother:
“Today, we are humbled by the goodwill of numerous Michigan fans who donated $16 to Boilermaker Alliance to honor #16 Aidan O’Connell and his brother,” the statement reads.
“Humanity has triumphed over rivalry and our hearts are full of gratitude.”
Today, we are humbled by the goodwill of numerous Michigan fans who donated $16 to Boilermaker Alliance to honor #16 Aidan O’Connell and his brother.
— Boilermaker Alliance (@BoilerAlliance) November 30, 2022
According to their bio, Boilermaker Alliance was founded to align charities with the reach of student-athletes. The organization works to empower Purdue athletes to serve and assist charitable organizations.
Regardless of who wins on Saturday, this is an awesome gesture and another reminder of how sports can unify people in moments bigger than football.