Rod Barnes To Participate In NABC Fundraiser

March 28, 2002

ATLANTA -

The NABC Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company will be auctioning designed and painted basketballs autographed by college basketball coaches from Division I schools. Funds raised from the auctioned basketballs will be donated to the NABC Foundation.

One hundred official size Rawlings basketballs will be decorated by each school and autographed by the head coach. The basketballs will be on display for auction starting Thursday, March 28, at the Atlanta Downtown Hilton through the following Monday, April 1, 2002. Participating coaches include those from the 65 teams participating in the tournament, plus coaches from the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and from colleges in the state of Georgia.

The auction will also be available over the Internet at www.nabc.com. The auction will run 24 hours a day on the Internet starting at midnight on March 28th and ending at midnight on Friday, April 5th.

"We've had a longstanding relationship with college basketball programs throughout the country and wanted to do something meaningful when the coaches hold their annual convention in our hometown," said Jeffrey T. Dunn, president of Coca-Cola Americas.

"This is a very exciting program for our foundation, and we hope this proves to be the first of many successful fundraising activities for our foundation," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "We are thankful for the participation of The Coca-Cola Company with our coaches as well as the long history Coke has of supporting our sport."

 

 

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