Dec. 15, 2008
McLendon Foundation Website
AUBURN, AL - The Auburn University Athletics Department will donate a portion of its ticket proceeds from Wednesday's men's basketball game against Tuskegee to the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. The game, which is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. CST at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, will be designated as the "McClendon Classic Game".
The McLendon Foundation, named after former Cleveland State head coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee John McLendon, awards five $10,000 scholarships annually to minority students who graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and who will pursue a graduate degree in sports administration. McLendon was the first black coach hired by a predominately white institution, when he was chosen by Cleveland State in 1966. One of the leading proponents of fastbreak basketball, McLendon learned basketball from its inventor, Dr. James Naismith, as a student at Kansas in the 1930s.
Tickets for Wednesday's Auburn-Tuskegee contest can be purchased online at AuburnTigers.com or by calling 1-800-AUB-1957.