Creighton University basketball coach Greg McDermott could make a huge impact on the Omaha community, but he needs help.
McDermott is one of 48 Division I coaches participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge sponsored by Infiniti and partners ESPN, the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The coaches receiving the most votes in the 10-week challenge gain a spot in the finals, with the winning coach receiving $100,000 toward his charity of choice. Each coach will get at least $1,000 for his favorite cause.
McDermott has partnered with Abide, which works to better neighborhoods in north Omaha. The charity was founded by former Creighton player Josh Dotzler’s parents, and he is now its CEO.
"This is a really big deal for Coach McDermott to choose Abide for the challenge for the second year," said Candy Zollicoffer, development coordinator for Abide. "This is an opportunity to raise awareness and money for our organization, positively impacting so many people."
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Last year, McDermott earned $15,000 for Abide during the charity challenge.
Zollicoffer said any money received will go directly back into the nonprofit's programming including youth basketball and after-school activities for low-income families.
Fans can vote daily by clicking here. The winner will be selected on March 13.