Brian Hanni has been organizing the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic — a local charity basketball game in Lawrence — for the better part of seven years. Set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence Free State High School, the annual game brings together former KU players — from many eras — and raises money for locals families battling cancer.
But this year, Hanni, a former KU broadcaster and currently the voice of Texas Tech basketball, has help from a different party: The KU football program.
First-year Kansas coach David Beaty is set to play in the classic, joining more than 30 former KU players in the even, Hanni says.
Beaty’s appearance should spice up an event that will also include appearances from Rex Walters, Mark Randall, Greg Dreiling, Wayne Simien, Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor and many others.
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KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger and former Kansas broadcaster Max Falkenstien are also both slated to be honorary coaches for the even. According to Hanni, the event has raised over $120,000 in its first six years. Tickets to the event are $7 and can be purchased at 23rd Street Brewery in Lawrence, at the AAA on Wanamaker in Topeka and at the door at Free State on Thursday.