UCLA’s Steve Alford is among 48 head coaches across the country participating in this season’s Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.
For 10 weeks, Alford will compete in a bracket tournament, divided into four rounds, for the chance to win a $100,000 grand prize for charity. The coaches with the most votes each round will advance to the next round and earn money for their charity. Alford has chosen the Special Olympics as his partner – an amazing charity that provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
UCLABruins.com explains why the Special Olympics are important to UCLA’s newest Head Basketball Coach. While training with and competing for the USA Basketball Olympic Team in the summer of 1984 prior to his sophomore season at Indiana University, Alford and his teammates worked with the Special Olympics. Since then, the Bruins’ head coach has continued to give back to the nearly 45-year-old organization.
“That summer, they took our team to see the national Special Olympics in Terre Haute, Indiana,” Alford recalled. “I’ve been hooked on helping them ever since. For as long as I’ve been in coaching, I’ve been giving back to the Special Olympics. Those participants give 100 percent of what they have all the time. They’re always fun to watch.”
Fans…. you can help! Coach Steve Alford needs your votes during the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. With 47 other rival coaches in the competition, every vote counts. So go to ESPN.COM/INFINITI and vote for Coach Steve Alford every day. You can also use the first photo in this post as a Facebook Cover pic to help promote the cause.
Let’s show the world just how passionate we UCLA fans are!