Mike White and Johnny Townsend raise money for UF Health


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — Members of Gators athletics are giving back to the community, specifically, to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

Head men's basketball coach Mike White is part of the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge, which began its eighth straight year on January second. He raised one thousand dollars as one of 48 coaches in round one. After advancing to round two, he raised 7,500 dollars.

White is currently in the lead and challenge lasts until March 11, when a winner is chosen from the final four.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to give back," said White. "We’re also so fortunate to be doing what we’re doing and to be healthy, and not just myself, my team does a great job. My guys to a great job of getting out in the community and giving back as much as possible.”

The competition comes down to votes, which can be submitted on the INFINITI voting page, or on social media with the hashtag #Timeout2vote.

On Twitter you must include White's Twitter handle, and on Instagram include the hashtag #CoachMikeWhite.

Another Gator raising money for Shands is former Florida punter Johnny Townsend. Last summer he created his own foundation and pediatric cancer fund.

“It had always been an idea of mine to give back to the University that gave me so much," said Townsend. "I had always been involved with goodwill Gators throughout my career at UF, and I had the opportunity to visit Shands and visit some of the pediatric cancer patients, and it really inspired me to give back.

“After talking to some of the children there and some of their parents, it really hit me that they were in need of some new chairs, and a lounge for the parents to hang out at during the infusions, and some new entertainment systems for the kids because some of them are there eight hours a day receiving their infusions."

To donate to Townsend's foundation, you can visit his giving page.

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