Wisconsin basketball held their annual Swish Upon A Cure event this week, with the charity event utilized as a way to help raise money to fight against cancer. The event, which originally started when Bo Ryan was head coach for the Badgers, is now in it’s second year under current coach Greg Gard.
"This event always creates great student involvement and it serves as kind of the kickoff student event each season," Gard said. "You could tell that the students were so excited to see our players and be here in the Kohl Center with us. I had so many people come through and talk about the purpose of the event, which is raising funds for cancer research and patient care right here in Wisconsin.”
The event raised $20,349 this year, raising the total to $1,137,106 since the beginning of Swish Upon A Cure.
In order to raise money, Greg Gard and his wife Michelle donate a $1 for every Wisconsin student that attends the event. They then donate an additional $5 for every made free throw and $500 for every made shot from half-court. The event allows fans to meet the team while also raising money for a good cause.
During the event 35 half-court shots were made in total.
$500 Shot‼️ #GardingAgainstCancer pic.twitter.com/2JmxwSDPZN— Grateful Red (@UWGratefulRed) October 16, 2017
Notable Wisconsin alum Frank Kaminsky also helped contribute via video submission, making a free throw and halfcourt shot to get the Gards to donate an extra $1,012 to Garding Against Cancer.
The Kaminsky legend grows.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 17, 2017
Thanks for $1,012 donation to @GardingCancer, Frank.
(Oh, and nice shooting too) pic.twitter.com/EEmBYt2Dkz
Up next for the Badgers will be the Red/White Scrimmage this Sunday.