Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer will be at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Feb. 10 to kick off the Hall of Fame’s Basketball Collection event, “Get Kids in the Game,” with a one-hour autograph session (5:30-6:30 p.m.). Anyone who donates a basketball to the “Get Kids in the Game” initiative during that hour will have the opportunity to get an autograph from the two Hall of Fame coaches.
The Basketball Collection Event, which is a team effort of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, World Vision, University of Tennessee Athletics and WIVK, will run from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 and 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Individuals are invited to donate new or gently used basketballs for World Vision to distribute to children that do not have access to recreational equipment around the world. Each person who donates a basketball will receive a special $4.00 admission rate to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Baden basketballs can be purchased on site at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame or a monetary donation can be made and basketballs will be purchased and donated in your name.
Coach Summitt and Coach Stringer were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Their teams met in the 2007 National Championship game and will meet for a rematch in ESPN’s “Big Monday” game at Thompson Boling Arena on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. To cap off the basketball collection, Baden Sports has agreed to donate one basketball for every point scored during the Tennessee/Rutgers game.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The “Get Kids in the Game” program, which is fashioned after the success of the World Vision’s soccer ball donation program called “Get a Kick Out of Sharing, ” is an effort to obtain donations of basketballs that will go to children in the United States and around the world.
Your donations will help get kids in the game so they can shoot for hope! World Vision has set a multi-year goal of collecting 250,000 basketballs. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has set a goal of 2,000 basketballs from the state of Tennessee to add to that cause.
"Knoxville is known as a hotbed of women's basketball with the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Tennessee,” said Mike Lane, who manages World Vision’s “Get Kids in the Game” effort. “We are delighted for the opportunity to partner with both organizations, as well as with WIVK, and the schools in the state of Tennessee to bring great joy to children by providing them with basketballs so they can share in the joy of basketball.”
WIVK will be hosting live remotes Monday from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, starting with Andy and Allison (WIVK, 107.7) from 6-10 a.m. and ending with Sports Animal (WNML, 99.3/99.1 FM, 990 AM) from 3-7 p.m. Listen to WIVK and the Sports Animal or call (865) 633-9000 for more information.
Story Courtesy: The Women's Basketball Hall Of Fame