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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly visited Grand Rapids to speak at a fundraiser Thursday evening.

The Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation held an event at Frederick Meijer Gardens. Jason Kinzler was a Grand Valley State University student athlete who played for Kelly when Kelly coached GVSU football. Kinzler died suddenly during the 2011 Fifth Third River Bank Run.

Kelly described Kinzler as a gentleman off the field, and a great athlete on the field.

The Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation helps families with minor children who experience the unexpected loss of a primary care-giver. Learn more about the foundation here.

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