thank you for your support of the 2016 YMCA Celebrates Champions event
The 2016 YMCA Celebrates Champions event raised more than
$144,000 to benefit YMCA programs that focus on Youth Development,
Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
BE A CHAMPION!
hoW CAN YOU HELP?
Please consider supporting the YMCA Celebrates Champions event by providing a sponsorship, purchasing a ticket to the event, purchasing an ad in the event program book or donating an item to the live or silent auction. Your contribution WILL make a difference.
ABOUT Jim calhoun
Calhoun’s phenomenal coaching success story includes winning three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011) at Connecticut, where he led the most successful program in BIG EAST Conference basketball history. He earned basketball’s highest honor, while still an active coach, by being elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2005. Today, Calhoun shares his love of the game as a College Basketball Analyst with ESPN.
In 26 seasons at Connecticut, Calhoun transformed UConn from a regional contender to a three-time national champion and a spot among the nation’s elite college basketball programs.
Calhoun’s overall record as a collegiate head coach was 873-380, moving into rarified air and status as a member of the 800-win college coaching fraternity.
Calhoun’s success at producing top-flight collegiate stars who also excel at the professional basketball level, is an annual happening at Connecticut. A total of 28 former UConn stars for Calhoun have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), including Ray Allen, and Shabazz Napier.
Off the court, Calhoun and his wife, Pat, are known for their philanthropic efforts. The couple recently served as honorary chairs of the capital campaign to build the new Hale YMCA Youth & Family Center in Putnam, where the gymnasium bears the Calhoun name. The annual Calhoun Classic Weekend features a Celebrity Charity Basketball All-Star Game and Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn. The Calhoun Classic has raised millions in support of the Cardiology Center endowment fund. Calhoun also hosts the Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk to benefit the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center, and he is an outspoken advocate for the group Autism Speaks.
For more information, please contact:
Rhonda.Burney@ghymca.org or via phone at 860-595-3034.
thank you to our event sponsors