University of Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle once again is appealing to Buffaloes fans for a good cause. Over the next few months, CU's leader will be on a quest to win $100,000 for Special Olympics Colorado.
Boyle is one of 48 NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches participating in the eighth annual "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge." Partnering with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA and ESPN, the program consists of a four-round online and social media fan vote that helps raise money for each coaches' individual charity.
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for the 23,229-plus athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 10,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2 and up.
Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes' capabilities.
Fans will decide the winner over a four-round, 10-week period, by casting votes on a custom online microsite at www.ESPN.com/INFINITI as social media channels on Instagram and Twitter. There is no login required to vote on the ESPN microsite.
Voters can vote once per day on each of the three platforms: ESPN microsite, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to mention #Timeout2Vote and @CoachTadBoyle on Twitter and Instagram to make your social media votes count.
While there can only be one winner, Infiniti has guaranteed Boyle a donation of at least $1,000 to Special Olympics Colorado. The amount of the donation increases the longer he stays in the competition.
The first round of voting runs through Jan. 21, with half of the coaches advancing to a second round, held between Jan. 22 and Feb. 11. From Feb. 12 to Feb. 25, the 16 advancing coaches from round two will compete in a third round where only four coaches advance to the final, fourth round. From Feb. 26 to Mar.10, fans can vote for one coach per day, with the top vote-getting coach and charity announced on Mar. 11, 2017.
For more information on Special Olympics Colorado, visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org. You can follow SOCO on social media: (FB) SpecialOlympicsColorado; (Twitter) @SpecOlympicsCO; (Instagram) specialolympicsco.
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