NASHVILLE, Tenn. – INFINITI enters NCAA® basketball’s most exciting and competitive season with a new campaign that asks coaches, students, alumni and fans to participate in defeating everyone’s rival – cancer – by taking a “timeout for the win” (#TIMEOUTFTW).
The INFINITI campaign comes to life through partnerships with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), NCAA®, ESPN, and the American Cancer Society. Between Jan. 14 and March 11, 48 NCAA® Division I men’s basketball coaches will compete for fan votes to win the bragging rights and the highest percentage of the $600,000 INFINITI will donate to Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC.
“Men’s basketball coaches know that timeouts can be crucial factors in winning games and they also know that the INFINITI ‘timeout for the win’ campaign is critical in winning the battle to cure cancer,” said Jim Haney, NABC Executive Director. “We are extremely grateful to have the continued generosity of INFINITI and hope that college basketball fans across America will take part and vote to support their teams and coaches.”
The competition harnesses the competitive nature of fans, schools and coaches so that, regardless of their biggest on-court rivals, everyone comes together in the fight against cancer. While only one coach will earn the ultimate bragging rights, INFINITI has guaranteed a total donation of $1 million to the American Cancer Society at the season’s end.
"All of us at the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer are excited for this expanded partnership with INFINITI. Coaches around the country have been impacted by cancer and together with their teams and fans are truly helping us attack this disease from every angle," said Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer for the American Cancer Society. "This campaign and the support of INFINITI will help us save more lives from cancer, and we deeply appreciate this commitment to fight our biggest rival."
Take a #TIMEOUTFTW
Throughout the two months, fans will determine the winner by voting at www.infinititimeout.com. Fans can also cast additional votes on social media by posting a photo of them taking a timeout and including #TIMEOUTFTW with their coach’s social handle or the hashtag: #CoachFirstNameLastName.
“Now in our ninth year in partnership with the NABC, NCAA and ESPN, we look forward to another successful season of raising money for the American Cancer Society,” said Phil O’Connor, Director, INFINITI Marketing Communications and Media. “We encourage fans to take a timeout from their daily lives to vote for their favorite coaches in this friendly competition that supports the fight against cancer.”
$360,000 will be donated to Coaches vs. Cancer in the name of the coach with the most votes at the end of the season. The remaining funds will be divided between the 2nd and 3rd place and donated to Coaches vs. Cancer on their behalf.
The challenge is also promoted across ESPN digital and broadcast networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN.com and several social media platforms.
2019 participating coaches:
- Arizona State University coach Bobby Hurley
- Baylor University coach Scott Drew
- Clemson University coach Brad Brownell
- Colorado State University coach Niko Medved
- Creighton University coach Greg McDermott
- Davidson College coach Bob McKillop
- Georgia State University coach Ron Hunter
- Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner
- Iowa State University coach Steve Prohm
- Kansas State University coach Bruce Weber
- Middle Tennessee State University coach Nick McDevitt
- Northwestern University coach Chris Collins
- Oakland University coach Greg Kampe
- Ohio State University coach Chris Holtmann
- Old Dominion University coach Jeff Jones
- Providence College coach Ed Cooley
- Purdue University coach Matt Painter
- St. Joseph’s University coach Phil Martelli
- St. Louis University coach Travis Ford
- Stanford University coach Jerod Haase
- State University of New York at Buffalo coach Nate Oats
- Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim
- Temple University coach Fran Dunphy
- Texas Christian University coach Jamie Dixon
- The University of Texas at El Paso coach Rodney Terry
- University of Alabama coach Avery Johnson
- University of Colorado coach Tad Boyle
- University of Connecticut coach Dan Hurley
- University of Florida coach Mike White
- University of Illinois coach Brad Underwood
- University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery
- University of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon
- University of Miami coach Jim Larrañaga
- University of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino
- University of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin
- University of Missouri – Kansas City coach Kareem Richardson
- University of Nebraska coach Tim Miles
- University of Nevada coach Eric Musselman
- University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams
- University of Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
- University of Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger
- University of Oregon coach Dana Altman
- University of Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire
- University of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes
- Vanderbilt University coach Bryce Drew
- Villanova University coach Jay Wright
- West Virginia University coach Bob Huggins
- Wichita State University coach Gregg Marshall
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About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.
About Coaches vs. Cancer
For over 25 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has united basketball coaches and fans nationwide in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to defeat a common enemy: cancer. With your passion and dedicated support, the impact has been felt in communities nationwide. Through fundraising and education initiatives including Suits And Sneakers Week and the 3-Point Challenge, Coaches vs. Cancer has worked together with the Society to help increase the number of cancer survivors to more than 15 million strong. The fight isn’t over, and we need you on our team. To learn more about the Coaches vs. Cancer program, visit coachesvscancer.org or visit us on social media at @CoachesvsCancer.