KNOXVILLE —University of Tennessee head basketball coach, Rick Barnes, is part of the 2017 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Coach Barnes has selected Emerald Youth Foundation as his charity recipient for the contest.

The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge is a partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN.

The challenge consists of 48 NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches competing for the most fan votes in a four-round contest.

There will be a total of $345,000 in donations given throughout the competition. The winning coach will receive $100,000 to benefit the charity of their choice. If Barnes wins the challenge, Emerald Youth Foundation will receive $100,000.

Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth ministry that serves more than 1,400 urban children, teens and young adults each year in the Knoxville area.

For Barnes to win the challenge, he has to get as many votes as possible. The farther he advances the more money will be awarded. Barnes is currently ranked 31 on the list of coaches.

The voting process is simple and requires an ESPN username and password. If you do not have an account sign up is free. There is also the option to login through your Facebook account. Each time you vote you can share it on Facebook, this will help in the effort to reach more people.

The bracket-style voting challenge consists of four rounds as listed below:

Round 1 voting ($1,000) 1/2/2017 at 3:00PM ET – 1/22/2017 at 11:59AM ET.
Round 2 voting ($7,500) 1/23/2017 at 1:00PM ET – 2/12/2017 at 11:59AM ET.
Round 3 voting (10,000) 2/13/2017 at 1:00PM ET – 2/26/2017 at 11:59AM ET.
Final Four voting ($15000)2/27/2017 at 1:00PM ET – 3/12/2017 at 11:59AM ET.

You can vote each day to help Barnes win the challenge. To vote, visit here and click the vote button under Rick Barnes’ picture.



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