West Virginia University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins is rallying Mountaineer fans for their support to help him win $100,000 for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Huggins is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN, benefits the coaches’ favorite charity. Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach, and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes over a 10-week period that ends on March 16.
Beginning January 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM, fans can register and vote online daily at www.espn.com/infiniti for their favorite coach. Following four rounds of voting, the coach who wins the grand prize will be announced on March 16.
If Huggins wins the Challenge, the prize money will go to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund he established at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in memory of his mother who died in 2003 following a long battle with colon cancer. In keeping with Coach Huggins’ wishes, this fund supports clinical research, specifically providing access to cancer clinical trials for all West Virginians.
“Mountaineer fans are the greatest,” Huggins says. “But I want them to realize that this event isn’t a popularity contest. When they vote for me, they’ll be voting to find new and better treatments for cancer, and bringing hope to those afflicted with the disease.”