Reel For Research auctions on eBay.com

CELEBRATION, Fla. — Beginning with CITGO Bassmaster Classic week, BASS/ESPN Outdoors is launching a series of auctions on eBay.com to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The auctions will offer outdoor enthusiasts the chance to bid on specialty items from the outdoors world. The one-week auctions will run for 14 weeks in 2006 in conjunction with weeks when there is a CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series or Bassmaster Major tournament.

Items up for bid include fishing trips, BASS angler memorabilia and autographed apparel. All net proceeds from the auction will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The items for auction this week include:

  • A Bassmaster cap autographed by 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champ Kevin VanDam

  • A Bassmaster cap autographed by 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens

  • A two-night stay at Palm Island Resort in Cape Haze, Fla., which includes the choice of a half-day inshore shallow water fishing excursion in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve or a kayak fishing charter. Package also includes a round of golf for two and swamp buggy tour.

  • A lifetime membership to BASS and Bass Times magazine.

  • A replication of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sports section on August 1, 2005, chronicling Kevin VanDam's CITGO Bassmaster Classic win on the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh , Pa. The replication includes a short inscription by VanDam along with his signature.

Bidders can visit www.bassmaster.com/auctions or www.espnauctions.com for more information.

ESPN and the late Jim Valvano created The V Foundation in 1993 in support of cancer research. Valvano, the legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN broadcaster, won the hearts of sports fans across the country when his underdog North Carolina State Wolfpack captured the NCAA Basketball Championship in an upset win in 1983.

Valvano announced the formation of The Foundation in a moving speech delivered at the 1993 ESPY Awards, shortly before his death. "Don't Give Up … Don't Ever Give Up!"® became The Foundation's motivating rallying cry. Since then, The Foundation has raised more than $50 million and awarded hundreds of cancer research grants nationwide. An average of 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Foundation is allocated directly to research.