ESPN and Infiniti have teamed up for the “Inspiration is Contagious” contest where fans can vote for their favorite college coaches and their charities.
There are 48 different coaches involved, and the contest puts each coach in a regional bracket, similar to the NCAA Tourney, while fans cast votes throughout January and ending on February 27. Fans can vote everyday. On the 27th, the leading vote-getters from each bracket will make it to the Final Four. The votes on the Final Four coaches will run until March 10 with the winner announced the next day.
The winning coach receives $100,000 to go towards their charity. Each coach gets $5,000 for their charity. Last year, Coach Huggins made it to the Final Four.
West Virginia’s own Bob Huggins and his charity, the Norma Mae Huggins Fund, are a part of this contest. If Huggins wins, the funds will go to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown. Norma Mae was Bob Huggins’ mother who passed away in 2003 with colon cancer. The fund was started to aid in cancer research and to help families around the state of West Virginia dealing with cancer.
“Mountaineer fans are the greatest,” Huggins said. “But I want them to realize that this event isn’t a popularity contest. When they vote for me, they’ll be voting to find new and better treatments for cancer and bringing hope to those afflicted with the disease.”
This year, Huggins and Digger Phelps teamed up to bring you this great commercial:
On a personal note, this charity is something that is near and dear to this writer. With the help of the Norma Mae Huggins’ Fund, my mother was cured of cancer three years ago at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. My family and I are grateful every day for what these fine people are accomplishing. Thank you.