KEYNOTE CONVERSATION // Hugh Freeze is the Head Coach of the Ole Miss Rebels football team. A Mississippi native, inspirational leader and one of the nation’s top rising coaches. Under his guidance the Rebels have made three straight bowl appearances and won more games in each season.
EDUCATION PANEL // Andre Turner is a former Memphis Tiger standout known to Tiger fans as the "Little General". Turner played point guard from 82-85 and is remembered for his instrumental role in the run to the 1985 Final Four. Andre is currently working with the Shelby County School System and is serving as the Head Basketball Coach at Mitchell High School.
EDUCATION PANEL // Elliot Perry is a former NBA player and member of the Memphis Tiger basketball team. In 1994-1995 he was voted as the Most Improved Player in the NBA for his play with the Phoenix Suns. Perry is a literacy activist in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. He currently is on staff with the Memphis Grizzles as the Director of Player Support.
Former University of Memphis basketball player and standout at Briarcrest Christian School. Wilfong is a graduate of The University of Memphis and a recipient of an MBA from The University of Memphis School of Business. John is a lifelong Memphian, he is married to Catherine Wilfong and has three boys. Wilfong is the chairman of Coaching for Literacy.
AUTOZONE - CEO- Bill is a current member of the HomeField Advantage campaign and was the first supporter of Coaching for Literacy upon its founding as a non-profit
University of Memphis - Head Coach, Men's Basketball - Josh supported Coaching for Literacy's Assistant Coach Program in its very first year and has been a consistent partner ever since
Memphis Grizzlies - Director of Player Support - Elliot is a literacy activist in the city of Memphis, former Memphis Tiger and NBA basketball player and a strong support of Coaching for Literacy's initiatives.
Vanderbilt University - Men's Basketball - Head Coach - Kevin is one of the first two basketball coaches who supported the Assistant Coach Program when it began four year ago. He has been a dedicated partner and supporter of literacy efforts ever since.
YETI TANK 85
Minimum Bid / Increment: $250 / $50
Description: Resembling an ice bucket in general shape only, the YETI Tank® 85 is a 20.6-gallon, party-ready beverage tub behemoth that’s as armored as its namesake. No matter how wild your next shindig, tailgate, fish fry, clam bake or fancy al fresco engagement gets, this keg cooler will let you keep going back to the well and never come up empty.
YETI HOPPER 40
Minimum Bid / Increment: $400 / $100
Description: Take the Hopper 40 with you to the bonfire, the mountains, your next hunting trip or any time you need to carry a larger load in a portable package.
Carrying capacity of up to 36 cans with ice for longer excursions or larger groups. It also has the same heavy-duty construction and leak-proof zipper that make our soft-sided cooler anything but soft.
KENDRA SCOTT JEWELRY
Minimum Bid / Increment: $130 / $50
Description: Kendra Scott Jewelry blends natural stones and unique designs in a way that delights the masses. This gift contains two Kendra Scott pieces: the Rayne necklace in gold chalcedony and the Sophee earrings also in gold.
SALT OPTICS: HIS
Minimum Bid / Increment: $600 / $50
Description: Enjoy the summer sun in style with this great couples item. These polarized glasses are hand-made in Southern California, possess a timeless design with modern sensibility and are worn by countless celebrities. (Winner may exchange for different style)
*Note: Bid includes SALT OPTICS: HERS
SALT OPTICS: HERS
Minimum Bid / Increment: $600 / $50
Description:Enjoy the summer sun in style with this great couples item. These polarized glasses are hand-made in Southern California, possess a timeless design with modern sensibility and are worn by countless celebrities. (Winner may exchange for different style)
*Note: Bid includes SALT OPTICS: HIS
Peter Millar Hampton Weekend Duffle
Minimum Bid / Increment: $600 / $100
Description: This oversize duffle is a functional statement piece for getaways to the city or country. Our Excursionist Luggage features water and stain-resistant lightweight Super 120s merino wool from the best producer in Italy bonded with a tear-resistant nylon for durability. This grey mélange sharkskin fabric is finished with a pebble grain calf leather trim and a polished nickel Peter Millar embossed zipper.
PETER MILLAR MEN'S BLAZER
Minimum Bid / Increment: $895 / $100
Description: Luxuriously crafted in the finest wool fabric from Italy's famed Loro Piana, this luxe staple is only partially lined and constructed with a soft shoulder, offering a more modern silhouette and a phenomenal fit.
*Note: Style, size and tailoring are bid winner dependent and complimentary
Memphis Basketball Assistant Coach Program
Minimum Bid / Increment: $1,000 / $250
Description: Enjoy our Assistant Coach Program experience with the Memphis Tigers and Coach Josh Pastner for the 2016-2017 basketball season. The experience includes the following: premium floor-level seats, tour of the locker room and facilities, meet and greet with Coach Pastner, access to the postgame press conference and the Memphis Gameday Kit by Peter Millar.
"AGAINST THE GRAIN"
Minimum Bid / Increment: $100 / $50
Description: First edition, autographed, New York Times Bestselling book covering a coach’s wisdom on character, faith, family and love. The author, Bill Courtney, is a native Memphian, Coaching for Literacy Advisory Board Member and the coach from Oscar winning documentary “Undefeated.”
Ole Miss Football Assistant Coach Program
Minimum Bid / Increment: $2,500 / $250
Description: Enjoy our Assistant Coach Program experience with the Ole Miss Rebels and Coach Hugh Freeze when Memphis visits Vaught Hemingway Stadium in October. The experience includes the following: access to the sideline during the game and prior to the game, autographed football and the Ole Miss Gameday Kit by Peter Millar.
Note: Participants will not have access to the locker room / facilities.
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Minimum Bid / Increment: $125 / $50
Description: In Memphis we pride ourselves on food and for good reason. Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, the first restaurant from Beard Award Winners – Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. This gift card is valued at $125.