Orange Krush is raising $500,000 for the Lou Henson Coaching Development Endowment Fund.
Oct. 7, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - Orange Krush, the student-run group that supports the University of Illinois Men's Basketball program, has announced a $500,000 pledge creating the Lou Henson Coaching Development Endowment Fund. Krush has started its newest endeavor by allocating $120,000 raised last season toward the fund.
The Lou Henson Coaching Development Endowment Fund will be used to promote the basketball coaching profession within the younger generation, supporting young people entering the coaching profession in positions such as graduate assistant, director of basketball operations and video coordinator. It has been named in honor of former head basketball coach Lou Henson, the eighth-winningest coach in NCAA history with 779 victories as well as the winningest coach in Fighting Illini history with 423 wins during his 21-year tenure in Champaign from 1976-96. Henson began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State. Current UI head coach Bruce Weber also got his start in the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky.
Orange Krush, which has gained national notoriety as one of college basketball's premier student cheering sections, is a charity foundation as well. All members of Krush participate in the 3-point shot program, which raises money for various charities. Since the inception of the Orange Krush Foundation in 1998, the group has raised and donated approximately $1.5 million to charity. Krush also has created and completed endowment for the Matthew Heldman Memorial Scholarship Fund, Rod Cardinal Sports Medicine Fund and Louis and Dawn M. Weber Student Manager Enhancement Fund.
For more information on Orange Krush, visit www.illinipride.com.