TOLEDO - The University of Toledo football program raised $7,215.12 for former UT women's basketball player Ashlee Barrett at an open practice at Mentor High School last Friday. The Rockets took donations at the practice for Barrett, who is battling leukemia. Barrett is the fiancee of former UT football player Ben Pike, who is from Mentor.
Fifth Third Bank in Mentor, which was also accepting donations for Ashlee, reportedly received nearly $7,000, making the total raised almost $14,000.
"I was blown away by the turnout tonight," Pike said after the event. "I didn't know what to expect. I was just happy the team was coming here. I'm very humbled by it."
Toledo head coach Matt Campbell said he was happy the team could help out Ben and Ashlee.
"It was a great way to pay tribute to two outstanding student-athletes from our university who have been great role models to our football team and all UT student-athletes," said Campbell. "You can tell how much Ben means to the community here in Mentor and to the community at the University of Toledo."
Donations for Ashlee may still be delivered to:
Fifth Third Bank
Ashlee Barrett Fund/Northeast Ohio
9875 Johnnycake Ridge Rd
Mentor, OH 44060