UM men hold celebration, fundraiser

Missoula —The Annual Roundball Auction and Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. This year’s theme “We have something to celebrate Montana”, is in reference to the fact that the team is the two time defending Big Sky Conference Champions. The Roundball committee is encouraging all Griz fans to join the players, coaches and fans in a night of celebration and fundraising.

Men’s  head basketball coach Wayne Tinkle indicates the importance of this event to the basketball program, “The money raised from this event helps the Griz Basketball program in many ways.  It is used to cover costs that most do not get to see or know exist. The funds will go to help cover the costs of summer school tuition for our players, a key factor in allowing them to make sure they stay on track to finish their careers at UM with a degree in hand.  Since we began doing this fundraiser five years ago, our team GPA and graduation rates have been in the top 10% nationally for D1 basketball programs.  The money raised will also help cover overages in our recruiting budget and help to offset the costs of running summer camps.  This event is a vital piece of what allows us to run and maintain a quality Division 1 basketball program that we can all be proud of.”

The Grizzly Roundball auction fundraiser will be held in the Adams Center on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to free appetizers, silent and live auctions will be held with auction items including a week stay in Hawaii, tickets to a Pearl Jam concert, and dinner with Huey Lewis. This event is free to all Griz fans, and provides a unique opportunity to visit with players and coaches in a relaxed and festive setting. The event is structured just like a regular basketball game, beginning with the National Anthem and including half time entertainment. It is widely regarded as the most enjoyable and unique fundraiser in Missoula.

There is also a 36 team Golf Tournament scheduled at the Missoula Country Club on Friday. The tournament field is nearly full, but there is room for a few more teams.

Contact Bill Weaver at Weaver@montana.com with any questions.

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