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Blake Corum uses NIL money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys
Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum provided Thanksgiving turkeys through his “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks” event. (Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Blake Corum uses NIL money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys

YPSILANTI, Mich. (BVM) – A big win on Saturday didn’t stop Blake Corum from helping out over the weekend, as the Michigan star running back continued his now-annual charity work by handing out Thanksgiving turkeys. 

Corum’s “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks” event aimed to help out underserved communities in Ypsilanti, Michigan who were looking to enjoy the holiday. Corum began the tradition last year using money he earned from name, image, likeness opportunities to help purchase turkeys for communities in the area. 

“It’s a blessing to be able to give back to my community,” Corum told The Detroit News. “Like I always tell everyone, Thanksgiving is a time where people can relax, sit back and get away from real-word problems and laugh and have fun.

“That’s why Thanksgiving means a lot to me and giving back means a lot to me. It’s important. The world we live in is a crazy world, but if we can all find a way to stick together and smile and be happy through the good, through the bad times, it will be a better world. That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s what I’m bringing into other peoples’ lives.”

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Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) is tackled by Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Calvin Hart Jr. (5) in the first half at Michigan Stadium. (Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Corums banged-up knee didn’t slow him down from going door-to-door in the area as he and his father made the most of his second year with the event. 

In the team’s 19-17 win over Illinois, the Wolverines’ running back came out of the game during the second half of the matchup but initial x-rays on the injury came back negative. During the event, Corum offered an update on where things currently stand.

“It’s good. I’ll be fine. I’ll be back,” Corum said.

The 21-year-old has rushed for 1,457 yards and 18 touchdowns through 11 games in 2022 and has established himself as a Heisman candidate. With impressive work so far on the field, the Michigan running back is continuing to prove he’s providing even more beneficial work off of it.