Coaches Beat Cancer Golf Outing

Coaches Beat Cancer is a cause that coalesces two of my more fervent interests: West Virginia University and Golf

The Coaches Beat Cancer Golf Outing offers rounds of golf with top college coaches at the legendary Oakland Hills Country Club. Bidding for these rounds starts at $10,000. Winning bidders will enjoy the opportunity to play with their selected coach at Oakland Hills, and to stay at the Motor City Casino in nearby Detroit.

My choice would be a round with Bob Huggins, from my alma mater, West Virginia University. In a bit of serendipity, Huggins, who is a graduate of WVU, was once a student of my grandfather, who was a professor there. I remember him speaking of Huggins as a player and as a student.

If only I had a spare ten grand. It would be the experience of a lifetime.

The full press release follows:

DETROIT, April 13, 2015 — Starting on April 13, 2015, 10 elite NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches will take part in an auction to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The online auction, open to the public, will offer bidders the unique opportunity to attend a “Beat Cancer” two-day event presented by Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan. Auction winners and their guests will spend time with their favorite coach at a private dinner and golf outing at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1, 2015.

Coaches taking part in the auction, include:

  • Steve Alford – UCLA
  • Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee
  • John Beilein – University of Michigan
  • John Calipari – University of Kentucky
  • Bob Huggins – West Virginia University
  • Greg Kampe – Oakland University
  • om Izzo – Michigan State University
  • Sean Miller – University of Arizona
  • Josh Pastner – University of Memphis
  • Roy Williams – University of North CarolinaThose interested can place their bid at or text beatcancer to the number 24700. The auction will be open from April 13 – May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    Bidding starts at $10,000 for three golfers with the selected coach making a foursome. The 10 winning bidders, along with their two guests, will enjoy an exclusive experience to network, dine and golf with their selected coach at one of the world’s top golf courses, Oakland Hills Country Club, host of six U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships and the 2004 Ryder Cup. The package also includes a one-night hotel stay for each guest in their own room at MotorCity Casino Hotel, an AAA Four-Diamond award winning hotel in Detroit.

    All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society. Funds raised will support the Society’s mission to save lives and finish the fight against cancer.

    About the American Cancer Society:

    The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

    About Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan:

    Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan was founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did. Those values still guide the company today and are a big reason why they are known as Michigan’s Insurance Company, dedicated to protecting the farms, families, and businesses of this great state. Nearly 450 Farm Bureau Insurance agents across Michigan provide a full range of insurance services—life, home, auto, farm, business, retirement, Lake Estate®, and more—protecting more than 565,000 Michigan policyholders.
    For questions or further info contact: Amanda Bosherz, 586.419.2699 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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