College basketball: ‘Coaches Beat Cancer’ fundraiser is back for its second year
Some of the top college basketball coaches in the nation will team up for the second time in three years to help raise awareness and fight against cancer.
Back in 2015, Oakland coach Greg Kampe worked with the American Cancer Society to create a star-studded event that raised $200,000 in a single day for the organization. Coined as "Coaches Beat Cancer," Kampe recruited willing members of his coaching fraternity — including Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Kentucky's John Calipari and North Carolina's Roy Williams — to participate in a charity event at Oakland Hills Country Club. Here, guests bid for the experience to dine and play golf with the coaching superstars.
Following that success, the event is returning this year with a new cast of characters. Kampe will once again be joined by his close friend Izzo, while Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin, Butler's Chris Holtmann, South Carolina's Frank Martin, Seton Hall's Kevin Willard, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and former coaches and current broadcasters Fran Fraschilla, Steve Lavin and Bill Raftery round out this year's auction block.
The package includes a private dinner with the respective VIP, a one-night stay at MotorCity Casino Hotel on June 4 and an afternoon tee time at Oakland Hills Country Club on June 5. Interested participants can bid here, up until May 8.