Ryan Burmeister is like any other sports fan, he keeps up on his favorite team and he follows sports. Burmeister got a little extra lucky when he decided to enter a contest put on by ESPN where he picked who he thought would win a particular game each day.
That picking? Paid off. Ryan won $50,000 from ESPN and now he's donating some of that share to charity.
The way it worked in the contest was Ryan would pick about 15 games each day. He would select a winner in each game and place "a bet" on certain games. He didn't use his own money, but was pooled against thousands of other sports fans. The contest was free to participate and the results put some extra cash in the college student's pocket.
Burmeister, a Mona Shores High School grad and senior at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, decided to donate $2,000 of his winnings to "No More Sidelines." The organization is a charity that helps special needs children and adults participate in sports and other activities.
The 20-year-old has been a volunteer with "No More Sidelines" in the past, and said even though he has expenses as a college student he knew the participants would appreciate a donation even more.
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