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Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein in a competition to raise money for the St. Louis Center

By Nick Baumgardner

With the help of Michigan basketball fans, Wolverines coach John Beilein will compete in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win up to $100,000 for the St. Louis Center in Chelsea.

The challenge, which began Wednesday, features 48 college basketball head coach coaches from across the country.


Michigan coach John Beilein paces the sideline during the second half of a 60-59 win against Michigan State on Tuesday night.

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From Wednesday until Feb. 27, fans can vote for Beilein and the St. Louis Center at An ESPN member name is required, and fans may vote once per day for their favorite coach and charity in each region.

The top vote-getter in each region will move to a final four. Voting for the final four will take place from Feb. 28-March 8.

Established in 1960, the St. Louis Center is a caring, residential, living and learning environment providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The St. Louis Center is administered by the Servants of Charity Congregation of Catholic missionary priests and brothers who have dedicated their lives to caring for the "poorest of the poor" of the world, especially persons with developmental disabilities.

For more information on the St. Louis Center, visit

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Luigi Guanella

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.

For those of you who have not yet visited the voting site, I must tell you that in this first round of voting we are running neck and neck with Coach Matta of Ohio State. Let's rally our support of Coach Beilein, Ann Arbor, use the link to to vote. Alternatively, you could see what St. Louis Center is all about and access the voting site from their homepage. Don't let those Buckeyes out-vote us!!! Vote and tell your friends to do the same.