Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton embarks on charity radiothon

Milwaukee Bucks wing Pat Connaughton will take to the airwaves for 11 hours on Thursday as he looks to raise funds for a COVID-19 relief fund.

From the team’s donations toward the fund for Fiserv Forum workers, to the countless individual donations and causes supported by players over the last couple of months, the Milwaukee Bucks have been active in their efforts to do some good during the coronavirus crisis.

That will continue on Thursday as Pat Connaughton, with the help of many familiar names, will take the lead on Capture Sports Marketing’s Athletes Doing Good Radiothon on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison. The broadcast will run for 11 hours from 7am to 6pm CT.

Connaughton has been one of the most vocal and visible Bucks throughout the NBA’s hiatus, giving countless interviews and appearing to stay as busy as he possibly can. In that regard, he seems like a perfect fit to be tasked with hosting a marathon radio session.

Details of the event were announced in a statement posted on Bucks.com on Wednesday, as Connaughton will hope to raise funds through a multitude of auctioned items, and will be joined throughout for conversation with countless stars of Wisconsin sports:

“The radiothon will air on both 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with all proceeds raised during the event going to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and Connaughton’s foundation, With Us, to help support COVID-19 relief.”

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, former Bucks owner Herb Kohl will also be “offering a dollar-for-dollar match on donations,” through his Herb Kohl Philanthropies fund.

In total, there are over 50 items available to bid on, including basketballs and photos signed by Bucks legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, jerseys signed by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Connaughton, hats signed by Eric Bledsoe, as well as items signed by the Brewers’ Christian Yelich and Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.

Over the course of the day, Connaughton will be joined by Bucks guests including Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver, head coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst, and co-owner Marc Lasry.

In addition to that, Connaughton also looks to have secured guests from across the rest of Wisconsin pro sports with his dunk contest partner Yelich set to be joined by Josh Hader, Brent Suter, and manager Craig Counsell in terms of other Brewers representatives.

Judging by a tweet posted by Connaughton on Wednesday night, he may also complete the full set of Wisconsin MVPs with Rodgers potentially making an appearance to represent the Packers.

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All in all, it should make for a fantastic day of listening not just for Bucks fans, but sports fans across the state of Wisconsin. With plenty of fantastic items up for grabs, hopefully Connaughton and Co. can meet their goals in raising funds for a great cause too.

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