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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:

committe members

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

Lupe Izzo, Event Committee Chair

Raquel Izzo McDonald, Marketing Committee Co Chair

Lauren Aitch, Marketing Committee, The Aitch Foundation

Rob Antcliff, Marketing Committee

John Benedict, Playmakers

Stella Cash, Sponsorship Committee

Marci Daniels, Marketing Committee, WLNS & Nextstar Media Inc.

Lisa Hildorf, Sponsorship Director

Tab Jackson, Sponsorship Committee, On Target Living

Roger Jansen, Sponsorship Committee, MSU Health Care Chief Innovation & Digital Health Officer

Cara Kaye, Marketing Committee, Creative Director for MSU Men's Basketball

Seth Kesler, Race Committee, MSU Associate AD/Facilities, Event Management, Summer Camps

Marcy Gillespie-Kinzer, Race Liaison, Capital Region Community Foundation

Matt Larson, Marketing Committee, MSU Associate AD/Communications

Sandy Maines, Sponsorship Director

Dylan Marinez, Race Committee, MSU Assistant AD/Events

Andy Marsh, Assistant Race Director, Playmakers

Lt. Jon Martin, Race Committee, MSU PD Special Events Division Commander

Hillary Myers, Sponsorship Committee, Director of Business Development at Lansing Urgent Care

Lauren Scott, Marketing Committee, MSU Senior Communications Manager

Sarah Skilling, Sponsorship Committee, MSU Spartan Fund Senior Director of Special Events & Stewardship

Julie Tadgerson, Sponsorship Committee, Account Executive Nexstar Media Inc.

Anna Zang, Volunteer Coordinator, Playmakers

Joe Dimambro, Race Director, Playmakers Fitness Foundation

Our Board


Christina (“Tina”) Ferland


Mallory Griffin

Marcy Gillespie-Kinzer

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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