Tickets on Sale for Annual Ultimate Basketball Challenge
April 9, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The third annual Ultimate Basketball Challenge, which raises money for both the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball teams and Coaches vs. Cancer, will be held next Wednesday, April 16, at Huff Hall. The game will feature the Illini men's and women's varsity basketball teams along with the national champion UI men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams competing with and against each other in a fun-filled atmosphere. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Huff Hall, with the game and festivities scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Ultimate Basketball Challenge are on sale now. They are $5 each and may be purchased in person at the Illinois Athletics Ticket Office (Assembly Hall north box office) or by phone (217-333-3470 or toll free at 866-ILLINI-1). Tickets will also be on sale the day of the game at Huff Hall.
"This event not only showcases our athletes, but also raises awareness about Coaches vs. Cancer and the fight that doesn't end until we eradicate cancer," said women's wheelchair coach Patty Cisneros. "We invite the community to join us for a night of family focused fun and the ultimate in basketball."
In addition to being a fundraiser, the Ultimate Basketball Challenge will also offer an entertaining atmosphere that includes several special guests. Men's basketball coach Bruce Weber and women's coach Jolette Law will serve as coaches for each team, while Illini football coach Ron Zook, University Chancellor Richard Herman and UI President B. Joseph White are all scheduled to be in attendance and participate in a celebrity free throw shooting contest at halftime.
The Orange Krush, cheerleaders and UI pep band will be on hand and the Illinois tennis, golf, soccer and swimming and diving teams will take part in shooting games as well. After the game is complete, the basketball teams and coaches will be available for autographs on the floor.
Weber kicked-off a charitable week Wednesday morning by raising $8,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer with an auction on the WDWS morning show. The auction included Weber's sneakers, lunch with the men's coaching staff, the opportunity to be an honorary coach for a home men's game next season, the chance to bring 10 children (eighth grade or younger) to a men's basketball practice and autograph session, and a signed authentic uniform of one of the Illini players.
"Funds raised through Coaches vs. Cancer provide free programs and services that help all people face cancer with courage, dignity and hope," said Weber. "I am proud to be a part of this effort that brings coaches, team members, and fans together in the in the fight against cancer."
The first two years of the UBC have been a success as nearly 1,000 spectators have come out to support the causes each year.
"Each of us can make a difference in this fight," said Illini women's coach Jolette Law. "Off the court we can continue to remind each other and our loved ones about the life-saving importance of cancer screening and other lifestyle changes that can help prevent cancer, such as a good diet and regular exercise."