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UConn Huskies To Offer Gesture To Jim Calhoun With Tribute Event in September

David Butler II-USA Today Sports

The University of Connecticut has announced a special occasion that will be dedicated to former men’s head basketball Jim Calhoun in September.

Calhoun, who ended his illustrious coaching career with 866 wins and three National Championships, is probably the most iconic figure among all athletics for the UConn Huskies, so it’s no surprise that the university wants to dedicate this tribute event in his honor. In fact, the funds and proceeds that are raised through the tickets that are priced at $125 each will be donated towards The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center. Other funds will also be donated to the construction of practice facility that is slowly being assembled next to Gampel Pavilion.

The tribute event is undoubtedly a great gesture towards Calhoun and his accomplishments with the school and in addition, it will work as a great opportunity for the school to repay Calhoun for his time and effort and raise money for his cardiology center and the Huskies’ new practice facility. Former assistant Kevin Ollie took over the program following Calhoun’s retirement last fall and the Huskies had a decently successful first season under their new head man. UConn was banned from any postseason involvement due to low APR scores, but that matter has now passed and the Huskies are now hoping to make some noise once March arrives in 2014.

UConn is spearheaded by a back court trio that includes Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun, while DeAndre Daniels looks for a breakout season of his own on the wing.

The event, which is entitled “Heart Of A Champion: A Tribute To Jim Calhoun,” will take place on Sep. 22 at Gampel Pavilion.

 

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