Folks in Connecticut surely remember former UConn men’s basketball star Kevin Ollie. From 1991-1995 Ollie played point guard for the Huskies and helped build the program into a national power reaching the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1994 and the Elite Eight in 1995. On September 13, 2012 Ollie was named the successor to legendary UConn head coach Jim Calhoun and won his first game when the Huskies upset Michigan State 66-62 on December 29th.
In addition to his role as head basketball coach of a perennial power, Ollie is a consistent supporter of the Tolland Fund, a charity program that promotes sports for people with disabilities. Right now ESPN and Infiniti are sponsoring a contest where fans can vote for their favorite coach/charity and the coach with the most votes will receive $100,000 for their charity. Other notable coaches in the contest include Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Bob Huggins of West Virginia. To cast your vote visit the ESPN Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Each coach entered will receive $5,000 for their charity regardless of how they finish in the final poll.
The Tolland Fund began in 1979 to promote sport and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The Tolland Fund has underwritten Paralympic Gold Medalist Paul Nitz, Ivan Lendl’s Wheelchair Tennis Camp and special racing chair for Ollie’s former UConn teammate Steve Emp. HDS MEDALLION® encourages all our supporters to log on and vote for Ollie and the Tolland Fund. ®