Haith Presents $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club
COLUMBIA - Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith attended a formal check ceremony Tuesday for the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge at the Columbia Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. Haith said he chose Boys and Girls Club to donate the $5,000 gift from Infiniti. But everyone was really surprised this morning when ESPN called the club to announce it will donate another $5,000.
Deronne Wilson, the unit director at the Boys and Girls Club, said the club is really thrilled to hear the good news. He added this gift represents creating a developing relationship with MU. "It gives us recognition and awareness within the community about the club."
Haith was one the four finalists in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge where coaches from 48 Division I schools competed for the $100,000 award from Infiniti to the winner's charity of choice. Infiniti also donated $5,000 to the other 47 coaches' charities.
Couch Haith said he is glad to contribute and help the youth club, "Since we moved to Columbia, knowing this place and what it meant to this community. Me being part of that youngster was so important to me"
Valorie Livingston, the executive director of the club, said the money will be invested in the construction of a new youth development center and also to enhance the program.
Boys and Girls Club of Columbia provides after-school and summer programs for youth ages 5-18 years old to help them to realize their full potential as responsible citizens of the community and inspire them accomplish their future goals.