Wisconsin coach Greg Gard and his wife Michelle teamed up with university students to help raise $20,349 for cancer at the Badgers’ annual sixth-annual “Swish Upon A Cure” event on Monday.
In six years, the event has now raised a total of $1,137,106. This was the Gards second year as hosts of the event.
From a school release:
“The premise of the charity event is simple: UW-Madison students come to the Kohl Center and take a shot at Gard’s wallet. For starters, Greg and Michelle Gard donate $1 to Garding Against Cancer for every UW-Madison student that simply walked into the Kohl Center. Students are then given an opportunity to knock down some shots to increase the donation. For a made free throw, $5 is donated and for every half-court shot another $500 is donated.”
Gard added his own comments in the release:
“Unfortunately, cancer is something that touches so many people and it’s a disease that touches many of our lives in some way or another. Talking to the students that came through today, I felt meaningful conversations and a true understanding for the purpose of this event. There were many personal stories that they wanted to share and experiences that they’ve had.”
Wisconsin plays its annual red-white scrimmage this Sunday, and opens its season on Nov. 5 against UW-Stout.