Tara VanDerveer’s Ukrainian aid challenge raises over $300,000

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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s Ukrainian aid challenge during the NCAA women’s basketball tournament has reached more than $300,000 dollars in pledged donations.

VanDerveer originally promised to donate $10 for every 3-pointer made during the tournament, but after the national championship game, she raised her pledge to $19.43 per 3-pointer made.

That would put her final donation at $14,999.96 from 772 3-pointers made through 67 games. On average, teams made 11.5 3-pointers per game in this year’s tournament.

WNBA star Breanna Stewart had announced she would match the donations up to $20,000. Per the donation website, Stewart will be giving $19,994.80.

Former NBA star Charles Barkley also joined in, pledging $32.38 for every 3-pointer made. His total is $24,997.36.

Others have also promised to donate, including South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, Saint Mary’s Randy Bennett and UCLA’s Mike Cronin. Georgia Tech’s Nell Fortner was one of the first to join the efforts.

Though the tournament ended Sunday with South Carolina’s title win against UConn, the challenge website remains open for donations.