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Hoiberg to Participate in "Shots From the Heart"

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Release: 11/03/2010
         
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AMES, Iowa - Iowa State head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will be among 64 Division I collegiate men's basketball coaches competing in the "Shots From the Heart" program sponsored by the American Heart Association.

The initiative was created to raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and to raise money to benefit the American Heart Association during the 2010-11 season.

Coaches will compete in a year-long free-throw shooting contest against each other in a 64-coach field. Winners will continue to advance to the championship match at the Final Four in Houston.

Local businesses and fans can pledge money toward the American Heart Association for every shot Coach Hoiberg makes. For more information, send an email to shots@collegeinsider.com or visit this website: http://www.collegeinsider.com/shots/.

Hoiberg's decision to participate in this cause was easy to make. Hoiberg's 10-year NBA career was cut short when it was discovered he had an aneurism in his aortic root. He had open heart surgery in June of 2005 and a pacemaker was installed to keep his heart beating. He knows first-hand how heart disease can affect people's lives.

"The American Heart Association is an organization that means a lot to me because of everything I have gone through," Hoiberg said. "I am one of millions of people living with heart disease. I was born with it and I am very fortunate for an organization like the AHA that raises funds and awareness so somebody like me can live an active and normal lifestyle.  I am honored to take part in this cause."

Hoiberg, who was an 84.4 percent free-throw shooter at Iowa State and an 85.4 percent shooter in the NBA, will definitely be a tough matchup.

Iowa State assistant coach Elwyn McRoy will participate in the bracket among college basketball assistants.

Competition begins on Nov. 15. Click on the brackets link at the top of the page to see the 64-coach field. Stay tuned at cyclones.com throughout the year for results on Hoiberg's matches.

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