Iowa fans raise money for UB basketball coach

Posted at 8:06 AM, Dec 08, 2015

University at Buffalo men's basketball may have lost to Iowa State Monday night, but the Iowa community made sure head coach Nate Oats left feeling like a winner.

Iowa State fans raised more than $12,000 for Oats and his family. Oats' wife Crystal was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer known as Double-Hit Lymphoma, and the money is meant to help the family stay on its feet while Crystal undergoes treatment.

This is Oats' first year as the team's head coach, and he's been balancing the job of keeping the team on track while supporting his wife and three daughters during this tough time. When the Iowa community found out about his situation, Chris Williams, the man behind Cyclone Fanatic, started a GoFundMe campaign to try to raise money for Oats and his family.

The community presented Oats with the news during Monday's game at the Hilton Colosseum. Coach Oats has tweeted the following messages of gratitude to the Cyclone Nation:




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