Several times during his speech on Tuesday, Mark Hilinski paused a few moments to compose himself. He always cries, his wife said later, when he addresses an audience and tells the story of his son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in 2018.
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“WSU is the only school in the country that could have this many quarterbacks return to support their football program,” said one. The shared love of the school and community, marveled the other, was a bond that crossed generations and eras.
The first-ever QB Classic raised $150,000 for the CAF and $25,000 for Hilinski’s Hope.
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On March 3rd, WSU students launched the Hilinksi’s Hope #3For3 Challenge, social media campaign intended to spread awareness for the Hilinski’s Hope Foundation. The students created the project for Sports Management 489, Washington State University College of Education’s capstone course taken at the end of the college career. The Team consisted of: Bettina Beverly, Andrew Cooper, Barbora Michalkova, Jaycob Kuhman, Nate Collier, and Jillian Ohlemeier.