From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- For the second-straight year, Stephen F. Austin head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood has been chosen to participate in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. The 'Jacks third-year bench boss aims to capture the ultimate prize of $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way and will need the assistance and support of Lumberjack fans from around the nation in order to do so.
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 13.
"Once again, I feel very privileged to be one of 48 college basketball coaches from around the nation who were asked to participate in the Coaches' Charity Challenge," Underwood said. "Being able to have access to this national stage in order to give back to the Nacogdoches community is something that's very important to my wife, Susan, and myself." big parts of this community and SFA is a big part of this
Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, at 2:00 p.m. CT, fans can register and vote online daily athttp://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 13.
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 - 1/4 at 2:00 p.m. CT - 1/24 at 10:59 a.m. CT
Round 2 - 1/25 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 2/14 at 10:59 a.m. CT
Round 3 - 2/15 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 2/28 at 10:59 a.m. CT
Round 4 - 2/29 at 12:00 p.m. CT - 3/13 at 10:59 a.m. CT
In last year's Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, Underwood finished in seventh place and collected $10,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.
"I look forward to the opportunity to advance this year because this event was so much fun and we were able to get so many individuals from the SFA and Nacogdoches communities involved," said Underwood. "It's very important that we keep the money we raise right here in Nacogdoches with Gary Lee and his staff at the United Way."
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.