April 26, 2017
Bid on a Golf Experience with Mick Cronin
CBSSports.com Story about Golf Event
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin is teaming up with other men’s basketball coaches and roundball personalities to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer by offering a golf experience set for June 4-5 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
In the “Coaches Beat Cancer” event announced Wednesday by the American Cancer Society, fans can participate in an auction on a golf experience package that features a private dinner with Cronin and other basketball VIPs, a one-night stay at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on June 4 and an afternoon of golf on June 5 at the Oakland Hills Country Club.
The bidding process takes place between April, 26, 2017, at noon ET and May 8, 2017, at 5 p.m. ET. Bidding starts at $15,000 with a “buy it now” option set at $24,000. Winning bidders will be notified at the close of the auction. The winning bidder and their two guests will round out the foursome with Cronin. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Cronin is one of 11 basketball VIPs participating in the event along with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, TV analyst Fran Fraschilla, Butler’s Chris Holtmann, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, TV analyst Steve Lavin, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, TV analyst Bill Raftery, Detroit Pistons president Stan Van Gundy and Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard.
The event was originated by the American Cancer Society and Oakland men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe in 2015. The 2017 title sponsor is the Ken and Kathy McCarter Foundation.
“I am honored to be involved in a great event for a great cause,” Cronin said. “Anytime we can step up as coaches to fight cancer our coaching fraternity continues to do great things. Coach Kampe is another example of this and I am looking forward to the event.”
Fans can start the bidding process here.
Cronin, who currently serves as a board member on the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer chapter for Southwest Ohio, guided the Bearcats to their second-winningest season in program history in 2016-17, compiling a 30-6 record. He is one of six head coach to lead a program to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past seven seasons along with Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas’ Bill Self, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Izzo.
A Cincinnati native and UC alumnus, Cronin leads the nation in Division I wins (306) and total NCAA Tournament appearances (nine) among active coaches his age (45-years old) and ranks third in Division I wins among active coaches under the age of 50.
After 11 seasons at Cincinnati, Cronin has compiled a 237-135 mark and owns a 306-159 record in 14 years as a college head coach.