Ames, Iowa, March 4, 2014 – Fred Hoiberg, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Iowa State University, is competing in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge to win $100,000 for the American Heart Association in Central Iowa. Since January 6, Hoiberg has beat out 44 coaches who have been competing for fan votes to make it to the final four, which includes coaches Thad Matta (Ohio State), Greg Marshall (Wichita State) and Matt Painter (Purdue). Voters can vote once daily until 10:59 am CST on March 16 at ESPN.com/infiniti.
Coach Hoiberg is hoping to win the $100,000 grand prize to support the American Heart Association’s efforts in Central Iowa. Hoiberg was personally affected by heart disease in 2004 when he discovered he had an aneurysm of the aorta, a condition that could have taken his life at any moment. Since returning to Ames, Hoiberg has been actively involved with the American Heart Association and is currently co-chairing the 2014 Central Iowa Heart Walk with Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Billy Fennelly.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make a big impact in the fight against the No. 1 killer of Iowans,” says Hoiberg. “$100,000 would go a long way in the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve Iowans’ heart health.”
The American Heart Association is currently investing over $4 million in local research projects, educational programs and advocacy efforts to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Iowa. As co-chairs of the 2014 Central Iowa Heart Walk, Coaches Fred Hoiberg and Billy Fennelly are looking to raise $500,000 to support and expand these efforts.
The Heart Walk is a non-competitive one or three-mile walk that celebrates heart disease and stroke survivors, loved ones lost, and those who have made a commitment to living a more heart-healthy lifestyle. Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart My Life healthy living initiative to fight heart disease and stroke. From walking paths and clubs to cooking tips and easy-made recipes, My Heart My Life is helping individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy – all part of the American Heart Association’s goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s number one and number four killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 515-244-3278 or visit www.heart.org/desmoines.