SALT LAKE CITY (4/15/14)--When the Utah Jazz drained a three-pointer this NBA season, they weren't just lighting up the scoreboard, they were also lighting it up for a Utah-based charity.
Through a partnership with Mountain America CU, West Jordan, Utah, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation earned more than $25,000 this year, or $50 for every three-pointer made by a player on the Jazz.
It was the fifth consecutive year the $3.6 billion-asset credit union partnered with the Jazz to put on this benefit.
With 523 made baskets from beyond the arc, Mountain America awarded the foundation a grand total of $26,150 during halftime of the Jazz's game against the Portland Trailblazers Friday.
"Both Mountain America Credit Union and the Utah Jazz have been steadfast supporters of cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute," said David Huntsman, Huntsman Cancer Foundation president.
The foundation also received an additional $5,000 donation at Friday's game from the "Pass It Along" program, another partnership between the Utah Jazz and Mountain America where fans can nominate charities for which they'd like to raise money.
All organizations picked for the "Pass It Along" program were treated with a special visit from the entire Jazz team, tickets to an upcoming game and in-arena recognition, in addition to the monetary contributions.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation, one of the six organizations picked for the program, was formed in 1995 to ensure the financial future of cutting-edge research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, based out of Salt Lake City.
Mountain America has donated more than $100,000 to the organization over the last 10 years.