Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Anderson hopes to win $100,000 for NWA Food Bank
12/22/12 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Arkansas' coach Mike Anderson during their game in the second half against Alabama A&M's Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
FAYETTEVILLE Mike Anderson could score a major breakthrough in a quest to feed the hungry in Northwest Arkansas.
The second-year Arkansas basketball coach is part of a fan vote for coaches' charities launched Tuesday by ESPN.com. The contest is sponsored by Infinity and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which will donate $5,000 to each of the 48 charities listed by coaches and a $100,000 grand prize to the winner.
Anderson's charity is the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, which is located in Bethel Heights. The basketball program has also held food drives during exhibition games to benefit a campus food pantry since Anderson returned to Fayetteville two years ago.
Fans can vote once per day. The winner will be announced March 11.