FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men's basketball coach Mike Adras and assistant Jay Collins have been selected to participate in the 2nd Annual Shots from the Heart Tournament, in benefit of the Skip Prosser Foundation.
"Coach Prosser was a terrific coach and his life was unexpectedly cut short," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "It is a cause that is important to me and if I can raise awareness about heart disease and raise money for the cause, it would tickle my heart."
The event, which also includes a tournament for assistant coaches, will benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. The former Wake Forest head coach passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
Adras faces 2010 runner-up Sean Miller, the head coach at Arizona in the first round, while Collins will compete against Jono Metzger-Jones of the University of Montana. NAU and Arizona face each on the court in Tucson on Dec. 3.
"I want to beat Sean," said Adras. "We have a lot of tough matchups in the season. I am sure he looking at it to raise awareness. It is not about who we go against as long as we a promoting in a positive manner."
Coaches will not have to actually compete against each other on the same court. Each coach will shoot 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department will tally the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. Shots 1-10 are worth 1 point, 11-15 are worth 2 points, 16-20 are worth 3 points, 21-24 are worth 4 points and shot 25 is worth 5 points.
"The idea was to create awareness for heart disease through competition," says CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. "We wanted to create something that coaches could have fun with. The fun but competitive nature of this event is something that I am sure coach Prosser would have enjoyed." The American Heart Association is also part of the event and is one of the beneficiaries of the Skip Prosser Foundation, which was established in 2011.
Skip Prosser spent 21 years as collegiate head coach at Loyola (MD), Xavier and Wake Forest. He made 18 postseason appearances and is the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams. In 2008 CollegeInsider.com created the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, which is given annually to the coach who not only achieves success on the basketball court but who also displays moral integrity off the court as well. Fans can follow the season-long event at www.collegeinsider.com/shots.
CHAMPIONS: The free throw champions will be recognized as the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in New Orleans, site of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
TEXT TO DONATE: Please support Head Coach Mike Adras' participation in this year's Shots from the Heart tournament and make a Ten Dollar donation to the Skip Prosser Foundation by texting "Skip" to 48510.
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