The NCAA and UPS are raising money to fight cancer during the NCAA men’s and women’s Final Four tournaments by selling autographs from college coaches.
Replicas of the floors used in both tournaments were divided into 132 pieces and sent by UPS to the 68 men’s and 64 women’s Division I coaches for their autographs. Once collected, the pieces were re-assembled and put on display in Indianapolis and Tampa, site of the women’s tournament. Those pieces are now being auctioned on eBay.
The autographed pieces of the men’s and women’s courts will be offered through April 10 at 2 p.m., with proceeds going towards Coaches vs. Cancer (Men’s) and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (Women’s), respectively.
“The ‘Courts for a Cause’ program allows us to tap our uniquely human logistics network in a meaningful way,” said Ron Rogowski, UPS VP of Global Brand and Sponsorship. “We hope to give college basketball fans a chance to purchase a piece of history – all in the name of a good cause.”
The pieces are square, measuring 15 ¾” x 15 ¾”.
So far, the sections signed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky’s John Calipari are the most popular, with the Coach K autographed piece over $500. However, many others had bids under $2 as of Saturday.