Swish Upon a Cure

For the seventh year in a row, University of Wisconsin-Madison students came to the Kohl Center in big numbers to take their shot at cancer.

On Monday afternoon, Wisconsin basketball head coach Greg Gard and his wife, Michelle, issued the challenge and UW-Madison students responded like they always do. At the seventh-annual “Swish Upon A Cure,” UW students helped raise the Gard's donation to $22,030 in the fight against cancer.

“I love this event because it gives Michelle and I, as well as our team, a chance to interact with our great student body and all for a good cause,” Greg Gard said. “Sadly, cancer affects all of us and anything positive we can do for researchers and patient care here in the state of Wisconsin helps. I’m proud and excited at how many UW students showed up and hopefully had a good time along the way.”

In seven years, “Swish Upon A Cure” has now raised a total of $1,159,136.

The premise of the charity event is simple: UW-Madison students come to the Kohl Center and take a shot at Gard's wallet. For starters, Greg and Michelle Gard donate $1 to Garding Against Cancer for every UW-Madison student that simply walked into the Kohl Center. Students are then given an opportunity to knock down some shots to increase the donation. For a made free throw, $5 is donated and for every half-court shot another $500 is donated.

Close to 1,300 students hit a combined 37 half-court shots during the three-hour event.

Students also had the opportunity to meet Coach Gard and the team, enjoy music by DJ Shawna, free food and beverages, prizes, giveaways and more. One lucky student won a trip for two to travel with the men’s basketball team to a road game this season.