Painter Renews Role In Fight Against Cancer

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Matt Painter will host the fourth-annual Covington Classic on Nov. 4 in Covington, Ind.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Head coach Matt Painter will host the fourth-annual Covington Classic on Nov. 4 in Covington, Ind.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 28, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head men's basketball coach Matt Painter will once again team up with Illinois head coach, and former Purdue assistant, Bruce Weber to host the Coaches Versus Cancer Covington Classic in association with the American Cancer Society. The fourth-annual event will take place at the Beef House in Covington, Ind., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6-9 p.m. ET.

A member of the elite fraternity of players to serve as a team captain at Purdue, Painter guided the Boilermakers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title and their first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in nearly a decade last season. In four years at the helm of the Purdue program, he has compiled an 83-50 (.624) record and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Painter also won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team USA at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in July of 2009.

This year's Covington Classic will also feature special guests and prominent college basketball personalities Steve Lavin and Stephen Bardo. Lavin, a former Purdue assistant who served as both an assistant at UCLA before taking the reins as head coach, currently provides color commentary as both a game and studio analyst for ESPN and ABC. Bardo, who starred for Illinois' 1989 Final Four team and enjoyed a 10-year NBA career, is currently a sports reporter for CBS2 in Chicago and a color analyst for ESPN and the Illini Sports Network. Both Lavin and Bardo also travel the country for engagements as motivational speakers.

Doors to the Beef House will open for the Covington Classic at 6 p.m. ET, with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. and the evening's speakers scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will begin when the doors open, and will progress into a live auction beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

A limited number of remaining tickets are available for $75 each, and can be purchased by contacting Joel Hartman, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society, at (765) 449-4799, (888) 635-9261 (toll free) or joel.hartman@cancer.org. Tickets orders may also be faxed to (765) 449-4065. Credit card orders can be processed over the phone, and checks can be made out to the American Cancer Society.