Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and all-time Panthers great Chris Doleman earned $20,000 in scholarship and charity from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament this week. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will split "Team Pitt’s" winnings equally between Hodgkin lymphoma research and an endowed scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.
“We were thrilled to host Coach Narduzzi and Chris Doleman in this year’s tournament and congratulate them for their successful efforts,” said Gary Stokan, CEO and president of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “We are honored to be able to donate $20,000 this year to further support both the foundation and the university in helping others in need.”
Bill Narduzzi, Pat’s father, passed away in 1988 after battling the disease, which is the same form of cancer that Pitt running back James Conner overcame to return to the field last season.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals, all for scholarship and charity.
Following its mission to support scholarship and charity at all levels, Peach Bowl, Inc. through its Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will pay out a total of $630,000 to its 15 participating teams this year, with the winnings being split evenly between a charity or foundation of the coach’s choice and an endowed scholarship at each university.
In addition to the $630,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $170,000 was generated for charitable organizations bringing the 2017 total to $800,000 in charitable giving. Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game. The Bowl leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving $21 million to organizations in need since 2002.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.:
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014-15, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl hosted its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 Alabama vs. #4 Washington). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 53 percent (26 of 49) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $161 million in team payouts over its 49-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also owns and manages the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.
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