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UT fan starts hospital fundraiser after controversial end to Ole Miss game, raises over $90,000 for ETCH

The fundraiser was started after some UT fans threw trash onto the field.
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 11:02 AM EDT|Updated: Jan. 31, 2022 at 3:06 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A University of Tennessee football fan has raised over 90,000 dollars for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The Vol fan started the fundraiser started back in October in response to a controversial end to the Ole Miss game.

One Monday, Vol fan Brent Baltzer was able to present the check to the hospital with former UT Football player Jayson Swain, who also helped in the fundraiser.

Baltzer said he was upset after some people littered Neyland Stadium with trash after a controversial call by referees in Ole Miss’ favor, and to show what the Volunteer spirit is all about, he started the fundraiser on GoFundMe.

“It really started as a way to change the narrative,” said Baltzer.

When he was coming up with the idea, Baltzer said he wanted to take the money raised and put it towards something good, like a charity.

“It just made sense to give it to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital given the proximity, and I know the hospital has helped a lot of players in the past,” said Baltzer, “It was sort of a way to harvest all that anger from the fan base into something good.”

The money will be used to purchase life-saving medical equipment for children being treated at Children’s Hospital.

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