UI Dance Marathon gets McCaffery emotional after game

Rick Brown

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery got emotional talking about UI Dance Marathon after Sunday’s win against Maryland

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery got emotional at the start of his postgame news conference following Sunday's 71-55 victory over No. 17 Maryland at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

McCaffery opened by talking about the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, which took place on campus over the weekend and raised more than $2 million, a record.

The mission of the dance marathon, according to the event's website, is to "provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Children's Hospital."

The efforts have a found a special place in the heart of McCaffery and his wife, Margaret. Their son, Patrick, had surgery to remove a thyroid tumor in March. The McCafferys have benefitted from some of the services the dance marathon makes possible.

"Obviously this is a big win for us, big win for our program, but this is not the most important thing that happened on this campus this weekend," McCaffery said.

"We had a group of students who over the last year as part of our dance marathon group raised over $2 million. That's pretty incredible, you know, especially for me and what we've been through and know what that means. I'm very proud to be a part of that, be a part of an institution where the student body would do that. And I just wanted to say that right now."