NCAA basketball coaches compete in Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
Infiniti has announced its fourth annual Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, which will raise $349,000 for local charities. The event comprises all 48 NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches representing favorite local charities and competing for fan votes in a four-round, online bracket tournament.
In partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the National College Athletics Association, and ESPN, the charity challenge has each coach's win in the tourney being awarded with a donation to their local charity of choice. A total of $249,000 will be awarded as the tournament progresses through the season. The further a coach advances, the more money he or she raises for their chosen charity.
The final winning coach will receive a $100,000 donation for their benefit of choice.
The tournament began on January 6 and is completely fan-fueled. The tourney lasts ten weeks in total and fans can cast votes for their favorite lockups at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. The first round started on the 6th and runs through the 26th. Fully half of the coaches will advance to the second round, which begins on January 27 and runs through February 16th. The third round begins on February 17th and runs through March 2 with the final four will compete from Mach 3 to March 16th.
Fans can vote for one coach per region, per day.
Included in this year’s group of 48 coaches are Alabama coach Anthony Grant, competing for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama; Baylor coach Scott Drew, competing for the Scott and Kelly Drew Endowed Scholarship; Arizona coach Sean Miller, competing for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona; Colorado coach Tad Boyle, competing for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver; and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, competing for Wichita Children’s Home. While there can only be one winner, Infiniti has guaranteed each coach a donation of at least $1,000 to their charity of choice, with the amount donated increasing the longer they stay in the competition.