May 10, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Infiniti capped another winning year of support for NCAA® Division I men's basketball, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and various coaches' charities with a check presentation ceremony at Infiniti Americas Headquarters - part of more than $1,000,000 donated during the 2011 - 2012 season. The event was emceed by ESPN sports analyst Doug Gottlieb.
Ohio State University men's basketball coach Thad Matta received a $100,000 check for his charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, for winning the annual "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge." Coach Matta, with support from his Ohio State Buckeye fans, bested 47 other NABC NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches in the annual competition. Fan participation determined the ultimate winner by voting online over an eight-week period. The other 47 coaches' designated charities received $5,000 each from Infiniti, for a total donation of $335,000 for the event. Receiving the $100,000 check from Infiniti and Matta was Dee Anders, CEO and executive director, RMHC of Central Ohio.
In addition, Saint Joseph's University men's basketball coach Phil Martelli, Chair of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, received Infiniti's donation of $700,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC. The total amount, a significant increase from previous years, was a direct result of fan participation in the Infiniti sponsored online "Round by Round" bracket game during the NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Joining Martelli for the award were representatives of the American Cancer Society and NABC.
"Infiniti congratulates Coach Matta for an amazing run in the tournament, including an appearance in the Men's Final Four®, and for his ongoing support of local Ohio charities," said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. "We're also proud to have Coach Martelli and representatives from the NABC and the American Cancer Society here today to receive the Coaches vs. Cancer award. The real winners are the patients who benefit from the remarkable services and support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, the American Cancer Society and all the other designated organizations."
"I am absolutely thrilled that this money will help the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Thanks to the financial support of Infiniti and the votes of Buckeye Nation, we will be able to help the families of sick children feel comforted in their time of need," said Matta.
"Infiniti and our NABC coaches were a championship team raising a tremendous amount of money and giving back to so many deserving charities. The donation to Coaches vs. Cancer is breathtaking and will allow the program to grow in awareness," said Martelli. "On behalf of all of the groups that have been so positively impacted by the Infiniti Coaches' Challenge and Round by Round bracket game, thank you! You have made a huge difference."
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