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Former Gopher coach Tubby Smith makes Final Four visit for charity effort his donations sparked

April 04, 2019 05:35 PM

As he prepared to depart the University of Minnesota, one of Tubby Smith's managers on the Gopher basketball team asked if he minded donating the piles and boxes of gear he'd accumulated.  That first fifty pounds of gear sparked the "Clean Out For A Cause" program through the "Managers On A Mission" organization that's gone on to collect more than 200,000 pounds of gear that's gone to inner city youth.

Click the video box on this page to hear former Gophers coach Tubby Smith discuss the beginning and growth of the "Clean Out For A Cause" effort, his memories of Minnesota, recollections of his Final Four victory and other topics related to college basketball's grandest gathering that's taking Minneapolis over this weekend

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Backed by the national "Athletes in Action" organization, MOAM has gathered excess apparal from over 100 college programs and half of the nation's pro sports teams since they began their work in 2013.  The group also funds mission trips, service projects and scholarships.

This year's "Clean Out For A Cause" on Thursday of Final Four weekend saw hundreds of Twin Cities youth visit the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Smith returned to host the gathering and the organization behind it - which all started with his that initial small donation before he departed Minnesota.

During their visit, young guests helped pack MATTERbox Snack Packs for other kids the program helps, picked out some gear to take home from the donated stock, and got to meet and hear motivational speeches by Smith, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders, Gophers senior Jordam Murphy and Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver.

To further support the cause, any items that aren't handed out to the visiting kids are sold online with proceeds going to support the charity's work.  The online marketplace is at AuthenticAthleticApparel.com.

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