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Indianapolis – Some 51 years ago, the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team came within a point of winning the national championship, losing to California 71-70 in the dramatic title game. Now the Mountaineers are back in the hunt for that elusive first national title, just two games shy of winning it all.
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To honor this inspirational story that has captivated the entire state of West Virginia and college basketball fans all over, Nikco Sports announced it will produce a limited edition, full-sized commemorative Wilson basketball to salute the Final Four appearance by the Mountaineers, a project that will also raise $7.00 per each basketball sold for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of West Virginia to help youngsters who have life-threatening medical conditions. In recent years, Nikco Sports has raised more than $1.7 million for children’s charities.
Only 5,000 basketballs will be produced and these “Season To Remember” NCAA Final Four basketballs to honor West Virginia’s first Final Four appearance in 51 years can be reserved by calling 1-800-345-2868 or visiting www.nikcosports.com. Each basketball comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity to enhance the value and collectibility of the product.
The full-sized basketball features 4 white panels, one of which will contain the colorful official Final Four logo, and another the official Wilson logo, which is the basketball used during the Final Four tournament. The other two white panels will recap the Road to the Final Four, with results of every tourney game played by West Virginia through the Final Four, positioned around the official West Virginia school logo.
The final white panel is headlined A Season To Remember and will list the scores and opponents of each West Virginia regular season game, so that fans will have a complete recap of this historic season which has resulted in a 31-6 mark to date..
“This has been a terrific run for this West Virginia team and I know Mountaineer fans are really thrilled to be back in the championship hunt after 51 years. It truly is an inspiring story,” noted Nikco Sports president and CEO Craig Bidner, whose company has continued to give back to the community since its inception in 1992.
“We are honored to be a small part of recognizing their achievement, and presenting a commemorative item that will certainly be the envy of any West Virginia Mountaineers fan, while at the same time recognizing a great group of youngsters who depend upon the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of West Virginia.”
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the U.S. and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants more than 12,600 wishes a year and has granted more than 168,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A woman who suffered heart attack symptoms while watching a West Virginia University basketball game a few weeks ago got a surprise visit from the team’s leading scorer today.
Da’Sean Butler took a break from preparing for the team’s historic NCAA Final Four appearance to visit 74-year-old Agnes Channel at WVU Hospitals’ Ruby Memorial.
Butler surprised the Upshur County woman, an avid WVU Basketball fan.
According to family members, Agnes was reluctant to go to the hospital until after the game was over. She sports a temporary tattoo on her cheek of the WVU logo and says she hasn’t missed a game since she was admitted to Ruby.
Video of Butler’s visit is posted at WVU Healthcare on Facebook and Youtube.
Photo caption (L-R): Agnes Channel, husband Orval Channel, Da’Sean Butler