Each year, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) is honored to partner with Wildcat Athletics to present the Bear Down Luncheon. The Center's signature event features an inside look into Wildcat athletics with the best seat in the house in the intimate setting of Flemings' Prime Steakhouse and Winebar in Tucson.
This unique collaboration began upon Hall of Fame basketball coach Lute Olson's arrival as the UA's head men's basketball coach in 1983. The collaboration has helped raise nearly $2 million for arthritis research over the past 34 years. An event not to miss, each year brings a unique flair while highlighting athletics programming making headlines. This year's keynote speaker was eight-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold and silver medal winning softball coach Mike Candrea. One of the most respected coaches in the nation, Candrea is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I softball history. He has coached 94 All-Americans in 32 seasons and earned 22 trips to the Women's College World Series. He has a mind-boggling career winning percentage of over 80 percent and has entertained softball fans as the NCAA leader in attendance nine times.
To view photos from the 2017 University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon, please click on the link below: