NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release) - Stephen F. Austin head men’s basketball coach Kyle Keller has been chosen to participate in the 2017 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. In his first year as the ‘Jacks’ head coach, Keller aims to capture the Challenge’s $100,000 grand prize for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.
The competition, which begins on Monday, January 2, 2017, will be fueled entirely by fan voting. Once the Charity Challenge officially commences, all fans are encouraged to vote once per day by accessing VoteForCoachK.com. By accessing that site, participants will be directed to the official webpage for the 2017 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge where they can cast their vote for Keller. In order to help facilitate the daily voting process, fans will also have the option to sign up for daily voting reminders on their mobile device by texting VoteForCoachK to 48421.
All information date and time cutoffs for each voting round will be released on SFAJacks.com and on all of the ‘Jacks social media channels once they are made available on January 2.
Keller is one of 48 NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches from around the nation who will be taking part 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, is in its seventh season and 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 11.
The 2017 edition Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge marks the third consecutive season in which Stephen F. Austin has been chosen to participate. Over the past two years of the Challenge, the Nacogdoches area United Way has received $25,000 from the results of the competition.
“On behalf of the Nacogdoches Area United Way, we are very excited and honored to serve as coach Keller’s charity for the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge,” said Gary Lee Ashcraft, executive director of the Nacogdoches Area United Way. “After finishing in the top 10 in our first season in the Challenge and third last year, we truly believe we have the ability to win and make an enormous impact on the Nacogdoches community.”