On June 13-14, the city of Cincinnati welcomed back WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins for The Huggins Homecoming event, which raised $150,000 for cancer research.
There were three events that helped support the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund at the WVU Foundation. This fund was started by Huggins after he lost his mother to cancer in 2003. The events included a 5k, a post-5k meal at Fifty West Brewing Company and a dinner at Montgomery Inn the following night.
Many Bearcats came out to support Huggins such as: current men’s basketball coach Wes Miller, and five of his former players from the final four team in 1992—Erik Martin, Corie Blount, Tarrice Gibson, Keith Gregor and Terry Nelson.
According to WVU Today, the Huggins Homecoming events attracted participants from Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, New York and Oregon. Combined proceeds totaled $150,043.
“When you watch people struggle with it, unfortunately sometimes for years, it’s a terrible, terrible, debilitating disease,” Huggins told The Enquirer. “I just wanted to do something that my mom would be proud of.”
From WVU Today: All contributions to the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund are made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of the University. Learn more about giving opportunities at the WVU Cancer Institute or visit give.wvu.edu/wvucancerinstitute to make a gift online.