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Jim and Sarah Harbaugh moved by 'Fresh Start Clubhouse,' offer donation to aid mental illness
February 22, 2017

As Reported By: Nick Baumgardner for MI Live

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: An annual Michigan event prompted Jim and Sarah Harbaugh to act Tuesday night in Ann Arbor.

Midway through the Michigan Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s annual “Mock Rock” event at the Power Center, the night’s main beneficiary — Fresh Start Clubhouse — put on a presentation that stole the show and drew the loudest applause.

A young man named Adam Ballard went into detail about his story. He explained how mental illness left him divorced and homeless. He attempted suicide on three separate occasions. Then he found Fresh Start Clubhouse and his life with mental illness became more manageable thanks to the program.

“Adam was brilliant, just powerful,” Jim Harbaugh said. “I think everybody’s been there in a way, to a degree. … That was the most powerful thing of the night for me.

All the proceeds from Tuesday night’s Mock Rock event — which were not yet tabulated at the close of the show — went to benefit Fresh Start Clubhouse.

Shortly before the evening came to a close, Harbaugh took the microphone and told the audience that he and his wife wanted to match whatever the donation total closed at.

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Photo Credits: Members of the University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team perform at the Mock Rock on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Hunter Dyke | The Ann Arbor News