Jan. 18, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As part of its ongoing corporate partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA and ESPN, Infiniti has announced an expanded "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge" with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach's designated charity. Mizzou's Frank Haith is one of 48 NABC coaches taking part in this challenge and he is participating on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Area.
Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period beginning later today (Jan. 18) by registering and voting at 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.
Visit mutigers.com and follow Mizzou's social media sites in the coming days for more information on voting. The total Infiniti contribution will be more than $300,000. All 48 coaches' charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti.
"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," said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. "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."
"I'm honored to participate in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge and to represent the University of Missouri on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Area," said Frank Haith. "We look forward to Tiger Nation supporting our efforts and raising awareness for this great organization."
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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