St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin will be one of 48 Division I men’s basketball coaches participating in the fourth annual Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, as announced by Infiniti and partners the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA and ESPN. The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge is a four-round online bracket tournament in which coaches represent charities and compete for fan votes.
Lavin will represent and compete on behalf of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), a charity that funds leading-edge pediatric cancer research nationwide. PCRF recognized Lavin with the 2014 Dream Big Award for his efforts to support the organization by hosting the annual Dribble For The Cure as part of St. John’s University Service Day. The Dribble For The Cure event has raised more than $155,000 for PCRF in the past four years.
“The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) is a charity that our St. John’s basketball family has developed a special bond with over the years,” said Lavin. “We are very passionate in our support for this worthy organization and encourage all St. John’s fans to cast their votes for PCRF in the Coaches’ Charity Challenge.”
Infiniti, an official NCAA corporate partner, will donate a total of $349,000 throughout the competition. While the winning coach will receive a total of $100,000 to benefit his charity of choice, Infiniti has guaranteed a donation of at least $1,000 to the charities of each coach involved in the program.
The donation to the respective charities increases the farther a coach advances in the competition. The charities of coaches involved could receive donations of $1,000, $7,500, $10,000, $15,000 or the grand prize amount of $100,000.
Beginning on Jan. 6, fans can vote at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti to decide the winner throughout the four-round, ten-week competition.
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