Floyd To Sign Autographs Tonight at Grace Gardens for Charity

Floyd To Sign Autographs Tonight at Grace Gardens for Charity
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:20pm

The Children’s Hospital at Providence welcomes new UTEP’s Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Floyd for a one night only autograph session. The special occasion will be open to the public with the sale of food and items benefiting the El Paso March of Dimes non profit organization. Coach Floyd and his staff, for the first time since coming on board, will be meeting the El Paso community, in doing so he will be helping raise funds and bring awareness to premature babies. This will be the first occasion that the coach and his staff will have an opportunity to interact with fans and provide autographs. MEDIA IS INVITED.

Who: The Children’s Hospital at Providence presents UTEP’s Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Floyd

What: Fans will have a chance to meet and greet Coach Tim Floyd and his staff and collect an autograph for a minimal price to help raise money for the March of Dimes.

Prices for the following items include:

 $1 for ice cream

 $2 donation for an autographed card

 $2 for a combo meal (hotdog, chips, drink)

 $5 donation for all other autographs


When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Where: Grace Gardens (6701 Westside Dr.) (Upper Valley) 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

"We're extremely delighted to welcome Tim Floyd back home," John Harris, President of Sierra Providence Health Network said. "He brings a lot of pride and tradition to the UTEP men's basketball program. Coach Floyd has a long history of helping children and bringing awareness to critical children’s medical issues. We welcome his enthusiasm and support of the March of Dimes and our children’s hospital. As a long standing supporter of Miner athletics and the March of Dimes we are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with these organizations and make this event possible."

Facts about Coach Floyd:

· Floyd, an assistant coach at UTEP from 1978-86, has posted a 328-180 record in 16 seasons as a college head coach. His teams have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the NIT in previous stops at Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09).

· Floyd led Iowa State and USC to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 2007 respectively, and New Orleans advanced three rounds in the NIT in 1990. Floyd's teams have also won three conference tournaments (New Orleans 1990, Iowa State 1996, USC 2009), while posting ten 20-win seasons.

· Floyd, 56, was also a head coach in the National Basketball Association for five seasons with the Chicago Bulls (1998-2002) and New Orleans Hornets (2003-04). He led a major rebuilding effort with the Bulls following the departure of Coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Floyd directed the Hornets to the 2004 NBA playoffs, where they lost to Miami in a seven-game first round series.

· Most recently, Floyd was an assistant coach with the Hornets after setting school records by leading USC to three straight 20-win seasons and three consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2007-09. Floyd posted 85 wins at USC, more than any other Trojan coach in a four-year period. He recorded his 300th college coaching victory on Feb. 7, 2008 at Washington. USC's 25 wins during the 2006-07 season were a school record.


About March of Dimes:


· Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birth weight.

· In 2006, there were 14,308 live births in El Paso county

· In 2006, 1 in 7 babies (13.6% of live births) was born preterm in El Paso county

· Between 1996 and 2006, the rate of infants born preterm in El Paso County increased more than 17%.

· In 2006, there were 1,952 preterm births in El Paso count, representing 13.6% of live births.

· Between 1996 and 2006, the rate of infants born preterm in El Paso County increased more than 17%.

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