Inside the Kohl Center, a nightmare venue for opponents during winter nights, the Badgers held a Charity Stripe Challenge in which Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and his wife Kelly would have to pay out $1 to Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society for every free throw made by a student.
The Ryans had to shell out $10 for every 3-point shot made and a cool $1,000 plus a raffle ticket for a new car for every half-court shot made.
More than 1,600 students showed up for the charity event and by the end of the four-hour event, the Ryans had to write out a check for $41,279.
Not a bad pay day at all in the fight against cancer.
It had been a tough couple of weeks for the Badgers. Josh Gasser, the replacement for Jordan Taylor at point guard, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice on Saturday. A couple of weeks ago, Mike Brusewitz, a forward for the Badgers, suffered an injury that will keep him out for at least the first month of the season.
But the Badgers’ efforts to join the fight against a disease that will most likely touch all of us in one way or another one day is something positive.
We all dream of a world where cancer will go away forever.
And while the hefty check of more than $40,000 won’t make cancer go away tomorrow, it will at least help put us one step closer to getting rid of it.
The Badgers did their part last Thursday to shoot down cancer one free throw, one 3-point shot and one half-court shot at a time.
And you have to admire the effort even if you aren’t a fan of the Badgers.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or send him an email at email@example.com.