UW coach to highlight Sept. 7 fundraisers for cancer research

August 31, 2017

Coach Greg Gard speaks at a news conference Aug. 31 at UW-Stout about the Garding Against Cancer campaign events Thursday, Sept. 7, at UW-Stout. At left is UW-Stout Coach Eddie Andrist and at right Chancellor Bob Meyer.

Greg Gard, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, will be the featured guest Thursday, Sept. 7, when University of Wisconsin-Stout hosts two events for the Garding Against Cancer campaign.

The Sept. 7 events include:

  • A business lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. The cost is $65 a person or $500 for a table of eight. The event features a keynote address by Gard, a Q&A session with both schools’ coaches, a raffle and more. Matt Lepay, the voice of Badger sports and the Milwaukee Brewers, will be the emcee.
  • A Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Fieldhouse. The cost is $5 per person, with children 5 and under free. The community gathering includes Culver’s custard, a bounce house, face painting and a band.

UW Coach Greg Gard comments at the news conference.All event proceeds will stay in Dunn County to fight cancer.

To register, go to the campaign website. Registration closes Sunday, Sept. 3.

Gard spoke at a news conference Thursday, Aug. 31, at UW-Stout that also included UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer and Blue Devil men’s coach Eddie Andrist.

“Coach Guard and his wife, Michelle, are great supporters of the fight against cancer. We’re very excited to be supporting the event,” said Meyer, whose family, like Gard’s, has been impacted recently by cancer.

The UW-Stout event is the first of many such events that the Gards — both Wisconsin natives — plan to hold across the state to raise money for cancer research through their campaign.

“We looked at how we could use our platform, our voices, our resources to be able to help other people,” Gard said. “The state has been so good to us. We felt it was perfect to align that with Garding Against Cancer and do something to help the entire state.”

The Blue Devil men’s basketball team is scheduled to meet Gard’s Badgers at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Kohl Center in Madison in an exhibition game. The teams last met during the 2006-07 season. The Badgers men’s basketball program has regularly scheduled early season exhibition games with members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

UW-Stout players will volunteer Sept. 7 at the Family Fun Night, Andrist said.

Andrist and Gard have known each other for more than 30 years, dating back to when Gard coached at UW-Platteville.

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Photos

Top: University of Wisconsin men’s basketball Coach Greg Gard speaks at a news conference Aug. 31 at UW-Stout about the Garding Against Cancer campaign events Thursday, Sept. 7, at UW-Stout. At left is UW-Stout Coach Eddie Andrist and at right Chancellor Bob Meyer.

Bottom: Greg Gard comments at the news conference.