Marquette, Wisconsin, UWM basketball players to clash at Summerfest

Several former stars of Wisconsin college basketball will participate during Summerfest in a first-of-its-kind “Alumni Charity Challenge,” with former University of Wisconsin, Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee standouts taking part.

On July 8 at the Gruber Law Offices Sportszone near mid-gate on the Summerfest campus, players from each university will meet in a series of shooting competitions, with the winning team delivering the biggest prize to the charity of its choice,

The Badgers will be supporting Garding Against Cancer, Marquette will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and UWM will support the MACC Fund.

Ex-Marquette players Travis Diener and Steve Novak will compete for the Golden Eagles, with a third player as-yet unannounced to join them.

Both Wisconsin natives played on the 2003 team that reached the Final Four, ranking among the best shooters in program history (Novak’s career mark of .461 remains the best in MU lore). Novak went on to play 11 years in the NBA, including briefly for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Diener played five seasons in the NBA.

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