BYU men’s basketball Head Coach Dave Rose announced this morning at the Rex Lee Run for a Cure that he has won the $100,000 grand prize in the Coaches’ Infiniti Charity Challenge. The money will go to his chosen charity, the BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research.
.@BYUbasketball Head Coach Dave Rose on the mic after WINNING the @INFINITIUSA Coaches Charity Challenge! ????
$100,000 to the #BYU Simmons Center for CANCER RESEARCH.
LET’S GO!!! pic.twitter.com/6O367OSutb
— Spencer Linton (@Spencer_Linton) March 10, 2018
Rose’s win, which will be formally announced tomorrow, comes at the end of four rounds of online voting that began with 48 collegiate basketball coaches in the running. The charity challenge is sponsored by ESPN and Nissan division Infiniti, and invites each participating coach to earn money for their chosen charity by progressing through each round of online voting. Rose had already raised $19,500 for the Simmons Center by progressing to the final round, but the $100,000 grand prize will go even further towards funding research fellowships for students at the Simmons Center.
The Daily Universe previously reported that Rose is a cancer survivor himself, and his wife Cheryl has four sisters who have suffered from the disease, with one who died from it.
“I’m asking you to be the voice for someone that you know and love that’s suffering from this disease or has suffered,” Cheryl said in that article.