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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Larry Finch Appreciation Night Set for Thursday vs. Cincinnati

Larry Finch Appreciation Night Is Set For Thursday January 4th Against Cincinnati

The University of Memphis Athletic Department is dedicating the Tigers’ Jan. 4 basketball game against the University of Cincinnati as “Larry Finch Appreciation Night.” Finch, who starred as a player for the Tigers in the 1970s and later served as an assistant coach and head coach for Memphis from 1979 to 1997, has been disabled by a series of strokes and a heart attack and continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation.

“Larry Finch has given so much to this University throughout his life and we want to make sure that we do everything possible in order for him to continue his recovery process,” said Tiger Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. “Larry was a battler on the court as a player and a coach and we know he will keep battling to regain his health. All Tigers everywhere wish him a continued and speedy recovery.”

Pledge cards will be handed out to those in attendance at Thursday night’s game against the Bearcats. Tiger fans will be asked go give whatever donation they can to the Friends of Larry Finch Foundation and return the pledge card to drop-boxes as they leave FedExForum. No cash donations will be accepted. In addition, Champion Awards, the Tigers’ official merchandiser of licensed products, has produced replica Larry Finch jerseys that will be sold at the Champion Award kiosks inside FedExForum. The jerseys will be sold for $100 each with all of the proceeds going to the Finch Foundation.

Champion Awards will also continue to sell the recently produced Memphis music CD recorded in honor of Finch. Eye of the Tiger: A Tribute to Larry Finch was produced by Select-O-Hits president Johnny Phillips and features such artists as Al Green, the Bo-Keys, John Kilzer, Al Kapone and Jimi Jamison. All proceeds from the CD go directly to the foundation.

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