Nikki Caldwell To Co-Host b3 Fundraiser In Knoxville Sept. 11

Aug. 31, 2009

Champions for a Cause co-founders Nikki Caldwell, Head Coach of the UCLA women's basketball team, and Holly Warlick, Associate Head Coach of the Tennessee women's basketball team, will host a fundraiser - b3 - bikes, basketball & breast cancer - on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6 pm at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN.

b3 is a special fall charity event featuring great food, live and silent auctions, and a musical performance by country recording artist Matt Stillwell. Special honorees will be Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt, who will receive the 2009 Inspirational Award, and legendary public address announcer and country music radio mogul Bobby Denton, who will receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Admission to the breast cancer fundraising event is $100.

'We are excited to bring the b3 event to Knoxville,' said Warlick. 'Nikki and I have received such great community support for our Crusin' rides - it will be fun to share this event at home.'

For Caldwell, who is from Oak Ridge, Tenn., it is also a chance for some of the UCLA fans and supporters in town for the Sept. 12 UCLA-Tennessee football game to stop by and attend the event.

'It worked out perfectly to host our event the same weekend that the Bruins were in Knoxville to play the Vols,' said Caldwell, who will begin her second season as the UCLA head coach. 'Holly and I have ridden our motorcycles coast-to-coast, and from Knoxville to Key West and New Orleans. It will be great to have a fundraiser at the Hall of Fame.'

Additionally, there will be special guest appearances at the event by UT and UCLA coaching staff members.

Since its inception, Champions has raised and donated tens-of-thousands of dollars to help support the fight against breast cancer through a number of signature events: Cruisin' For A Cause - a long haul motorcycle ride, Links Fore The Cure - a women's golf tournament, and b3 - bikes, basketball & breast cancer - a dinner and auction. The money raised through these events supports efforts such as the University of Tennessee Breast Health Outreach Program, Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, and The Wellness Community of East Tennessee.

Warlick and Caldwell, who played and coached at Tennessee, got together and started Champions For A Cause in 2007. It is a non-profit (501(c)-3) fundraising organization with a mission to advance and support the cause of charitable organizations who advocate and act to better the quality of life and health for individuals at risk or in need.

Space for the b3 evening is limited. To register for the event go online to:

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