Jan. 18, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Baylor’s Scott Drew is one of 48 college basketball head coaches participating in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Drew, in his ninth season at Baylor, has chosen The Jimmy V Foundation® for Cancer Research as his designated charity for the competition.
As part of its ongoing corporate partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN, Infiniti expanded the program from 14 coaches last season to 48 of the nation’s top NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches this year with Infiniti’s total contribution surpassing $300,000.
Fans participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period beginning January 18 by registering and voting on a custom microsite, www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.
The winning coach’s designated charity will receive a $100,000 donation from Infiniti; all 48 coaches’ charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti. Other participating coaches include: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse (Jim and Julie Boeheim Foundation); Jim Calhoun, Connecticut (The UCONN Foundation, Inc.’s Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Research Endowment Fund for the University of Connecticut); Bob Huggins, West Virginia (Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund); Mike Krzyewski, Duke (Emily Krzyewski Center); Roy Williams, North Carolina (Coaches Versus Cancer); and Jay Wright, Villanova (Augustinian Fund).
“The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge is a way to add a greater level of support to our ongoing partnerships with the NABC and NCAA and their fine efforts in raising funds and support for their designated charities,” Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore said. “It allows us to bring awareness to the outstanding community efforts of these respected coaches, and hopefully inspire fans to learn and give more to each charity on their own.”
“The overwhelming popularity of men’s college basketball provides an outstanding platform for coaches across America,” NABC President Ernie Kent said. “While most fans follow every aspect of their teams’ on-court performances, the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge enables people to see the numerous charitable and community endeavors championed by coaches off the court.”
The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge will be promoted each week through a wide range of media, including the Doug Gottlieb Radio Show on ESPN, the ESPN Game of the Week, Facebook and other social media.
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About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.