Wisconsin Coaches vs. Cancer Raises Record $693,000 at Annual Gala

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MADISON, Wis. — Less than a month after being honored with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award at the Final Four in Atlanta, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan proved exactly why he earned such a prestigious honor.

 At last Saturday night’s annual gala, Ryan and the Wisconsin chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer teamed up to raise a record $693,000 toward the fight against cancer.

 An event which began in 2008 and raised $56,000, the Wisconsin Gala has ballooned into the largest Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising event in the nation.

 

“The Coaches vs. Cancer Gala was a phenomenal event and I’m so proud of the way our people stepped up. We were really blown away,” Ryan, who served as the national spokesman for Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers campaign, said after the event. “My wife, Kelly and I kept looking at each other throughout, just amazed at the generosity.

 “We set a record last year with $456,000 raised, and we were hoping to break that, but this was beyond our expectations. I’m always thinking about ‘Next,’ and this sets the bar pretty high for next year… but I think we can break it.”

 In an event jointly hosted by Ryan, UW-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter, UW-Parkside coach Luke Reigel, UW-Platteville coach Jeff Gard, and Edgewood College coach Justin Meyer, the 2013 Wisconsin Coaches vs. Cancer Gala hosted a sellout crowd of more than 700 attendants. The evening featured dinner, a live auction and special guest speaker Tim Brando of CBS Sports. Like Ryan, Brando came away very impressed.

 

“I have been a part of many charity events on college campuses but never one as inclusive with other state schools in other divisions of intercollegiate athletics,” Brando said. “Bo has done a great job networking basketball and the fight against cancer in Wisconsin. The hospitality was tremendous and I was happy to play a role in the event’s success this year.”

 Over the past six years, Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin has raised more than $2 million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back. At the University of Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society has funded over $44 million in research since 1947.

 On April 5, Ryan was given the 2013 American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award, presented annually to a college coach who has been significantly engaged in the program’s fundraising, education and promotional initiatives and who has demonstrated leadership in supporting the American Cancer Society’s fight to save lives from cancer.

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James White on the Walter Camp Award Watch List

MADISON, Wis –  UW Sophomore running back James White has been named to another award watch list.  The recent award he’s been named on is the Walter Camp Award, which is given out to the nation’s best College Football player.  White has also been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list as well as the Maxwell Award watch list.  White Rushed for 1,052 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Freshman  last season which was good enough to earn him Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

Five Big Ten players were named on the watch list, with White being the only RB named  from the Big  Ten on the list.  The other four players named on the list were Michigan State  QB Kirk Cousins,  Northwestern QB Dan Persa, Michigan QB Denard Robinson, and  Nebraska DT Jared Crick.  A couple of  Badgers who may have a case that they were  snubbed from the list are Monte Ball who rushed for 996  yards and 18 TD’s a year ago,  and the other being none other than Russell Wilson, who’s stats we’ve seen  and looked up  ever since he choose UW over Auburn.  Now Badger fans don’t get too worked up, as the  list will be trimmed to 10 in mid November and any player deserving will be added to the  list at that  time.

The last Walter Camp award winner will be announced on December 8th on Sportscenter.  There have been 12 past Big Ten players who have won the award.  Ron Dayne is the lone  Badger to win the award, which was back in 1999!

UW Hockey Day at the Vilas Zoo

MADISON, Wis. – If you missed the badger at Vilas Zoo during your last visit, return this Friday and see members of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team as part of UW Hockey Day. As always, admission is free at the zoo.

Select members of the team will be accompanied by a member of the coaching staff for an hour-long autograph session. An inflatable hockey shooting attraction will also be part of the appearance. The players will be set up in the grassy area by the Main Tent.

In the event of rain, the Badgers will be available inside the Vilas Zoo Welcome Center.

 

Craig Smith Leaving for the NHL

Badgers’ leading goal-scorer marks UW’s third early departure of offseason

MADISON, Wis. – With two years of collegiate eligibility remaining for the Wisconsin Badgers, forward Craig Smith will become a professional hockey player. The Madison, Wis., native is a 2009 fourth-round pick (98th overall) of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, the team of former Badgers Ryan Suter and Blake Geoffrion.

“We’re excited for Craig,” said Head Coach Mike Eaves. “The window of opportunity to make a move like this is sometimes small. The  landscape has changed with Nashville in that the team has changed somewhat with free  agency. Smitty had every thought after a successful senior men’s World Championship to  come back and play here at Wisconsin, but he feels like there is an opportunity now and  he feels in his heart it is the right time to go.”

Smith, who was slated to be one of Wisconsin’s co-captains for the upcoming season,  finished last year as the Badgers’ team leader with 19 goals. He ranked second on the  team with 43 points in 41 games, while leading the squad with five game-winning tallies  and 153 shots. He also took 31 penalties for 87 minutes. For his career, Smith finishes  with 27 goals, 76 points and 159 penalty minutes in 82 games.

Smith skated for Team USA in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship where he posted three goals and six points in seven games, ranking second behind former Badger Derek Stepan for the team lead in scoring. His team-leading plus-2 helped the Americans reach the quarterfinals, where they fell to the Czech Republic.

Smith joins defenseman Jake Gardiner, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Jordy Murray, who left for Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A (NLA), as early departures. Both Gardiner and Murray gave up one year of eligibility.

 

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