Michigan State University head basketball coach Tom Izzo was the keynote speaker for Northern Illinois University’s inaugural Black Tie Gala that happened on November 7th and was a huge success. The purpose of the event was to raise funds to benefit NIU student athletes and it was held at the gorgeous venue at the Pavilion at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Over 200 people showed up to the gala and show their support with donations to help the school run its day to day operations of having sports programs on campus. Even though the school has had some great athletes in the past, many of the staff recognize the school’s need to provide a little bit more to help the students and establishment out. Playing sports is a big part of university culture, so it is great that this fundraiser was created to benefits its players.
The Iron Mountain, Michigan native originally started out as a football and basketball player during the years that he attended Northern Michigan University between the years of 1973 and 1977. After graduating from the school, Izzo decided that he was more interested in coaching as opposed to playing and took the position of assistant coach for his old team at Northern Michigan. He worked there from 1979 through 1983 before taking a job at Michigan State University as an assistant coach. He did that position for 12 years before being named the head coach of the team which he still does today. Over the years Izzo has broken numerous NCAA basketball records and is one of the most respected coaches in the collegiate world.
Izzo spoke earlier this month at Northern Illinois University’s first ever Black Tie Gala to raise funds and benefit the school’s student-athletes. Being as that Izzo is heavily involved in college sports, this event was right up his alley and helped them successfully get through the evening.
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