LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Energized by the NCAA basketball championship by Bill Self's Jayhawks, about 1,200 people are expected to gather on the infield of Kansas Speedway Saturday night.
They'll be there for "Bill's Basketball Boogie,'' a party to raise money for a children's wellness center. One of the organizers said fans are flying in from New York, California and points in between.
They're eager to hang out with the coaches and players who brought home the Jayhawks' first basketball title in 20 years.
Tickets are $250 apiece. Plus, a big part of the night will be auctions of such things as a collage of every Sports Illustrated cover that ever pictured Kansas athletes, vacations to New York and the Cayman Islands, and a car.
Self is hoping to raise about $500,000 to help design and build a wellness center for children.
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