Special To Big Lead Sports
Presented by Infiniti
The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge is now underway and after last year’s successful event , the field of candidates has expanded from 14 to 48 of the nation’s top NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches.
Some of the top coaches among this year’s candidates include:
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation), Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun (The UCONN Foundation, Inc.’s Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Research Endowment Fund), Bob Huggins of West Virginia (Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (Emily Krzyzewski Center), Roy Williams of North Carolina (Coaches Versus Cancer) and Jay Wright from Villanova (Augustinian Fund).
University of Florida’s Billy Donovan won the inaugural Challenge last year by earning 51 percent of the fan vote over a six-week period, and his charity of choice, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, which advocates and fund-raises for a full service state- of –the- art children’s hospital in Gainesville, received a $100,000 donation from Infiniti.
This year, 47 coaches will win $5,000.00. One coach again will be awarded $100,000. The total financial contributions will be more than $300,000.
Starting Wednesday, January 18, fans can go to www.espn.com/infiniti to vote for their top coach. There are 4 regions and coaches will be competing within their region. In the final 2 weeks the top 4 coaches, one from each region, will compete for the top prize.
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