Mizzou Coach Haith Dribbles Online Votes
COLUMBIA - Missouri Men's Basketball Coach Frank Haith will help The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia try to win $100,000. The Boys and Girls Club could build an indoor basketball court if Haith gets enough online votes.
Haith was named a finalist in the Infiniti's Coaches' Charity Challenge Monday. If Haith wins the challenge, $100,000 will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. The club provides programs and services to school children every day after school.
Haith is one of four other coaches in the final round including Bob Huggins -East Region (West Virginia), David Rose -West Region (Brigham Young University), and Thad Matta -Midwest Region(Ohio State). The challenge started six weeks ago with 48 coaches in 4 different regions. The winners of each region were announced Monday, with Coach Haith winning the South Region.
The Boys and Girls Club has two Columbia locations--one for grades K-5 and another for grades 6-12. The program for younger kids is decorated with children's paintings and has various rooms for activities like arts and crafts and an open room filled with recreational tables. At the location for younger people, the children can shoot hoops at the outdoor basketball court, but one of the backboards is broken.
"The kids still love it," Club Executive Director Valorie Livingston said, "But an indoor court would allow the children to play all year long and would attract older teens and get them off the streets."
The location for the older youths is currently under construction and the program is adding 6,000 square feet, making it $9,000 square feet. When the construction company finishes the remodeling and additions, come summer, all grades will be at one facility. There are about 160 young people in the program but more space could allow for 400-500 youths, Livingston said.
Click here to sign up and vote for Coach Haith and the donation to the Boys and Girls Club. You can vote once a day until March 8th.