NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood will participate in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and he is rallying Lumberjack fans for their support to help him win $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.
Underwood is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the fan-vote challenge. The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), 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 15.
"I think it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be a part of this unbelievable event," Underwood said. "The Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge allows us to be able to reach out and help families and those less fortunate in the Nacogdoches community and region and that is very important to both my wife, Susan, and I. It is important to give back and this platform allows for that and I am extremely thrilled to be one of the 48 coaches selected. This event brings notoriety to the community, SFA and the Lumberjack basketball program."
Beginning Monday, Jan. 5, at 2:00 p.m. CT, fans can register and vote online daily at http://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 15.
Coaches' Charity Challenge Structure:
• Round 1 (48 Coaches) – $1,000 per charity
• Round 2 (24 Coaches) – $7,500 per charity
• Round 3 (16 Coaches) – $10,000 per charity
• Final Four (4 Coaches) – $15,000 per charity
• Round 1 - 1/5 at 2:00 p.m. CT - 1/25 at 10:59 a.m. CT
• Round 2 - 1/26 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 2/15 at 10:59 a.m. CT
• Round 3 - 2/16 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 3/1 at 10:59 a.m. CT
• Round 4 - 3/2 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 3/15 at 10:59 a.m. CT
"All of us at the Nacogdoches Area United Way are so excited that coach Underwood selected us as his charity," President and CEO Gary Lee Ashcraft said. "We are in it to win it, and will direct the monies to our Endowment or Community Impact programs helping those in Nacogdoches who need us most."
The Nacogdoches Area United Way raises funds through work place campaigns for allocation to agencies who serve the needs of people in the areas of health, education, income, and crisis.