Given I have not heard anything from UCLA on this event, I thought those Bruins in the LA area may want to know about the following event for a very good cause (and raise awareness of the disease, for those that aren't):
For the second straight year, UCLA will host the HDSA LA Hoop-a-Thon, which will raise money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America to fund research aimed at finding a cure for this deadly brain disorder. Howland lost his father-in-law Arlo Zahnow, to Huntington's four years ago, forcing him to witness firsthand the way the disorder diminishes muscle coordination and eventually leads to memory loss, dementia and trouble speaking or swallowing(.)
What has to be the most unnerving aspect of Huntington's for Howland is that it's hereditary in nature.
Howland doesn't typically like to put his family life in the public spotlight, but he managed to convince his wife that this was one time where his celebrity could benefit a cause important to both of them. He'll have plenty of help too, with former Howland-era UCLA players Arron Afflalo, Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison and Ryan Hollins all scheduled to return to Pauley Pavilion for the event on August 27.
Tickets to the event cost $125. Anyone in the Los Angeles area interested in attending can contact Natalie Carpenter at (949) 542-3907 or ncarpenter@HDSA.org.
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Additional information added, thanks to Nestor's fanshot:
UCLA Head Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland and his wife, Kim, have been named honorary co-chairs of the 2nd Annual HDSA LA Hoop-A-Thon. The event will take place in legendary Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 from 6-10 p.m...
The Hoop-A-Thon is a one-of-a-kind speed free-throw shooting contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. A team of 10 will cost $950.00 to compete.
For individuals wishing to attend the event and watch as well as mingle with current and former UCLA Basketball players, the cost will be $125.00. You will be able to sample food and spirits from some of Los Angeles' best restaurants. There will also be a silent auction with some very special and unique items. Some of the incredible prizes and silent auction items include autographed Laker shoes by Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Derek Fisher, Josh Powell and Shannon Brown as well as UCLA signed memorabilia, vacations and a Luau for 20 people.
For more information on HD, to become a sponsor for this special event, to sign up your team or to buy individual tickets for the LA Hoop-A-Thon, please visit the HDSA LA Web site by Clicking Here.
To become a sponsor, sign up your team, buy individual tickets, or make a donation, the direct link is here.