WESTFIELD, Mass. — The on-line auction of special North Dakota jerseys bearing the name “Walsh,” in honor of Maine coach Shawn Walsh, has raised $11,055.
The Fighting Sioux wore the jerseys for their Oct. 13 game with the Black Bears and donated them to raise money for the Coaches Foundation. The charitable organization, set up to serve as a resource for coaches who might need financial help in the face of devastating illness, will receive all proceeds of the auction once collected.
Walsh’s fight with kidney cancer inspired the formation of the Coaches Foundation, but it is designed to assist any coaches in need. Walsh, who was diagnosed with cancer last summer, has since received two rounds of aggressive treatment, but has remained behind the bench for the Black Bears this season.
The jersey auction ran from Jan. 19 through Jan. 25 and resulted in winning bids ranging from $275 to $1250.