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About the Izzo Legacy

Mid-Michigan has been my home for all of my adult life. It’s where I ran my business, it’s where I was married, and it’s where we’ve raised our family. Tom and I have certainly been blessed to be a part of this community and we feel a genuine obligation to give back to the MSU and Mid-Michigan communities that have become such a large part of our lives. One of the reasons we’ve never left Michigan State is the strong connection we feel to our community.

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to be a small part of many different charitable groups and causes that have brought so much good to our community. I’ve given a lot of thought and have come to understand that the opportunity exists to do even more. With that in mind, Tom and I have developed the Izzo Legacy to formalize our commitment to our community. While it’s not on the near horizon, it’s no secret that at some point Tom will no longer coach at Michigan State. The Izzo Legacy provides a manner in which we can still support our community for years to come.

While it may carry our name, the Izzo Legacy is greater than just Tom and me and our family. It’s meant to bring together people in the community for the common purpose of helping others. As one of 12 children, a mother to two children and a basketball mom to hundreds more, family means everything to me. Similarly, Tom has focused on building a program that is inclusive to players of all eras. In much the same way, we want everyone to take some ownership in the Izzo Legacy. Community involvement and ownership will build something that will last long after we’re gone.

Thank you for any and all support in my family’s efforts to support this great community.

Best Wishes,

Lupe Izzo

Causes We Support

Proceeds from the Fund help these organizations:

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Our family’s name may be on the foundation, but we couldn’t do this without the help of these wonderful people.

Izzo Legacy Sponsorship

Sandy Maines
Co Director
Lisa Hildorf
Co Director
Stella Cash Sponsorship Committee
Lupe Izzo Sponsorship Committee
Tab Jackson Sponsorship Committee
Roger Jansen Sponsorship Committee, MSU Health Care Chief Innovation & Digital Health Officer
Marcy Kinzer Sponsorship Committeee, Race Liaison, Capital Region Community Foundation
Rebecca Surian Sponsorship Committee, MSUFCU, VP of University Relations
Julie Tadgerson Sponsorship Committee, Account Executive Nexstar Media Inc.
Joe Dimambro Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation

Izzo Legacy Marketing Committee

Raquel Izzo McDonald
Marketing Committee Co Chair
Joe Dimambro
Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation
Rob Antcliff Marketing Committee
Kate Souder Marketing Committee, Director of Varsity S Club
LaRhonda Burley Marketing Committee, Executive Senior Associate AD/Marketing
Meagan Hogan Marketing Committee, Assistant AD/Marketing & Fan Engagement
Nicky Pride Marketing Committee, WLNS Director of Promotions & Creative Services
Dan Clark Marketing Committee, Dan Clark Creative
Cara Kaye Marketing Committee, Creative Director for MSU Men's Basketball
Matt Larson Marketing Committee, MSU Associate AD/Communic ations
Mex Cary Marketing Committee, Associate Director (Men's Basketball
Maya Gulick Marketing Committee
Matt Apostle Marketing Committee, City of East Lansing Community and Economic Development Specialist

Izzo Legacy Race Course Committee

Joe Dimambro
Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation
Andy Marsh
Assistant Race Director, Playmakers
Seth Kesler Race Committee, MSU Associate AD/Facilities, Event Management, Summer Camps
Sgt. Brandom Murphy Race Committee, MSU PD Special Events Division Commander

Izzo Legacy VIP Reception Committee

Lupe Izzo
Event Committee Chair
Sarah Skilling
MSU Spartan Fund Senior Director of Special Events & Stewardship
Lisa Hildorf VIP Reception Committee
Lauren Scott-Briningstool VIP Reception Committee, Chief of Staff, office of the executive vice president for administration

Izzo Legacy Virtual Race Committee

Anna Zang
Volunteer Coordinator, Playmakers
Joe Dimambro Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation

Izzo Legacy Kid's Race Committee

Karen Currie
Kids Race Director
Joe Dimambro Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation
BJ Puchala Kids Race Committee, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Izzo Legacy Charity Partner Committee

Christina Ferland
Charity Partner Director

Our Board


Christina (“Tina”) Ferland


Mallory Griffin


Marcy Gillespie-Kinzer

Lupe Marinez Izzo

Lupe Marinez Izzo

Justin Sheehan

Justin Sheehan


Raquel "Rocky" Izzo McDonald


Sandy Maines

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Izzo Legacy 5K Run/Walk/Roll is seeking sponsors who share in the same community commitment and involvement that the Izzo’s have shared before and during their time at Michigan State as well as the appreciation for Coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State University and the entire Spartan Nation. Sponsors should be committed to helping create an event that will honor and celebrate the legacy of Coach Izzo.

Sponsors will receive pre-race, race day and post-race marketing benefits based on their level of sponsorship.

Levels of Sponsorship

Hall of Fame

National Champion

Final Four

Elite Eight

Sweet 16


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Izzo 5K Photos

2024 will be the 5th annual Izzo Run/Walk/Roll!  Check out the photos from the first four events below.

Support the Legacy!

Honor the impact and legacy of Coach Tom Izzo and celebrate his value of hard work, Spartan royalty, family, community and charitable giving.

Benefit local charities selected by the Izzo family.

Encourage inclusivity by coordinating with MSU Adaptive Sports to accommodate participants of all abilities.

Provide the Spartan community with a unique family-friendly event.

Contact The Izzo Legacy

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