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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah men’s basketball team will honor the life of Jon Huntsman Sr., who died one year ago this Saturday, Feb. 2, prior to their game against Oregon State.
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak and the team have partnered with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, creating a donation page to raise funds that will go directly to the institute.
Krystkowiak and his wife, Jan, will match all donations, up to $100,000, that are made before Saturday’s game, which tips at 3 p.m. MST.
Speaking of Huntsman and the donation page, Krystkowiak said: “I believe Jon was the finest example of how to live one’s life that I have ever encountered. I was so fortunate to have become friends with this man. His humility, drive and compassion were on the top shelf.
"An amazing family man, business man and a man I believe who lived his life as our creator intended. His devotion to his family, friends and faith combined with his dream of one day curing cancer is a shining example to us all. Let’s 'Go Big' as Jon always said and help fight for the cure against cancer.”
Fans that make a donation of at least $25 will have the opportunity to claim two complimentary tickets to Saturday’s game against Oregon State. Huntsman will also be honored during the game, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute will be accepting further donations.
The university said individuals wanting to claim their complimentary tickets should present their donation confirmation email to the ticket office or to call the ticket office at 801-581-8849.
Donations can be made at the Huntsman Cancer Institute donation page.