Louisville to sell slabs of Final Four floor for cancer research

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Courts against cancer. The University of Louisville is taking advantage of its 2013 men's basketball national title by auctioning off pieces of the floor it won the NCAA tournament on in April.

Louisville announced the charity project Tuesday at a press conference. The school will have three sizes of floor cuts available for auction in the fall. Cards coach Rick Pitino will be signing at least 1,000 slabs (possibly more), which will look like this.

Northwestern Mutual bought the floor (any and all details on how the Final Four floor comes together and what's done with it when the event is over can be found here) and subsequently donated it to the university in efforts to catalyze this project. The firm and the school are aiming to raise $250,000 for pediatric cancer research at/for Kosair Children's Hospital, in Louisville.

The University of Kentucky did something similar last year.

The only piece of the court not open for auction: the center, which measures 24 x 28 feet, weighs approximately 6,000 pounds and will be on display in the main concourse of the KFC Yum! Center.

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