Chelsea – January 5th marked the beginning of the 4th Annual Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, and University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach John Beilein has chosen St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI as his favorite non-profit organization. Forty-eight NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches will compete through an online contest, fueled by fan support, for the chance to win $100,000 for their chosen charity. Four elimination rounds will determine the final winner who will be announced on March 15, 2015.
According to Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., “Coach Beilein and his wife Kathleen have been very generous to St. Louis Center, and we are honored to have been chosen once again for this contest. Their support of our residents with developmental disabilities is also a strong testament to their faith, and we hope the community will support them through this contest.” This online contest relies on daily voting to help your…
Chelsea – St. Louis Center has once again been chosen by University of Michigan Basketball Coach John Beilein as his favorite charity for this year’s Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The contest pits Beilein against 47 other NCAA Basketball Coaches for a chance to win $100,000 for his favorite charity, and began on Monday January 14, 2013. Last year, Beilein finished as the runner-up to Ohio State University in the Midwest Division. This is a social media contest requiring people to vote using the internet. To help Coach Beilein and St. Louis Center win, follow these instructions:
Chelsea – One thing all college basketball coaches have in common is passion, and for the last two years, Coach John Beilein has also channeled his passion into raising awareness and support for the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Mich. On Monday Oct. 15th, Beilein and members of the team traveled to St. Louis Center to spend time with the residents. After a brief tour, the team went into the gym, where they were greeted by the residents. Each of the players introduced himself to the crowd and was met with an appreciative applause. Beilein ran the players through different drills, showing off their ball-handling skills and shooting range, but the biggest hit proved to be the slam-dunk contest. After the players demonstrated each drill, the residents were invited to show off their skills and take part in the drills alongside the players. Tim Hardaway Jr., who had visited the St. Louis Center before, said that he hopes he can continue to come back and visit in the future. “It’s great to see everybody having a good time” Hardaway commented. Beilein plans on bringing the team back in a few months.
Chelsea – Thursday June 21st was an exciting day for the fifty-two residents of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, as Michigan Basketball Coach John Beilein and four of his current and former basketball players visited the center to put on a basketball “clinic” for the residents and staff. The players who accompanied Coach Beilein were Tim Hardaway, Jr., Jordan Morgan, Eso Akunne, and former team captain Zack Novak.
Coach Beilein and his players entered the gym to cheers from the residents, and after introducing his players, proceeded to execute several practice drills for the residents; even including them in some of their exercises. The drills included two-handed dribbles, circular ball rotations, shoot-arounds, reverse lay-ups, and a few light dunks.
Afterward, Coach Beilein and his players took the time to autograph posters and personal items for the residents, took several more photographs, and closed with a stirring rendition of “The Victors.”
Ann Arbor – This year’s Golf and Glory Outing for St. Louis Center took place on Tuesday June 26, 2012 at the U-M Golf Course in Ann Arbor, MI, and was one of the best ever held in eighteen years of operation. A full course of 144 golfers began their beautiful sun-drenched 75 degree day with a 10:00 a.m. start, and enjoyed golfing at one of the finest golf courses in Michigan. Fifteen celebrity golfers were in attendance, and the winning team came in at 13 under par.
The dinner was tastefully catered by Moveable Feast caterers, and a live auction and awards ceremony followed dinner. Following a welcoming address from Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha, SLC’s friends and staff honored John Beilein with the John Panelli Celebrity Award to recognize him for his work. Beilein is the head men’s basketball coach of the University of Michigan, and has chosen SLC as his favorite charity to support as long as he remains coach of the university basketball program.