Jim Calhoun's busy schedule continues, although as we officially enter the summer months, the frenetic pace is more pleasure than business. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Calhoun's future in Storrs, he's still acting as if he'll be around in the fall.
But he's enjoying the spoils that come with winning a national title, too: Calhoun and the Huskies were honored at the White House, and he threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. He also spoke to graduates at Dedham (Mass.) High School, where he once coached, and made at least another half-dozen appearances in recent months. And on June 22, he will play in the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at TPC River Highlands in advance of the PGA Tour event scheduled for June 23-26.
Like any legit celebrity pro-am, the Travelers will be heavy on the celebrities. In addition to Calhoun, the tournament will also feature "Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci, actor Luke Wilson, six-time National Sportscaster of the Year Chris Berman, reality TV and wrestling star Mike "The Miz" Mizanin."
Calhoun is no stranger to celebrity events. According to CoachJimCalhoun.com, "In 1999, the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament was launched and has raised more than $2.75 million for the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Research Endowment Fund."
"We greatly appreciate these individuals donating their time to be part of the tournament, to assist us in delivering a world-class sporting event to the fans all while raising funds and awareness for our tournament charities," Travelers Tournament Director Nathan Grube said in a press release. "The Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am has been a staple for our tournament over the years and we are thrilled to welcome these great celebrities who will entertain our fans with exciting golf and evening entertainment."
And who knows, maybe someone will be able to get a definitive answer out of Calhoun about his plans for the fall. (Although, all signs point to him coming back even if he refuses to, you know, say it.)