GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo and his Spartans are less than two months away from the start of a new season -- but Tuesday, Izzo took some time out from preparing for the season to speak in Grand Rapids.
He was the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, held at the JW Marriott ballroom.
There, he talked about how the Y helps young people build character.
"When you go to places like the YMCA, I think they help build that," he said. "It's one of the greatest things they can do: get the kids off the streets, give 'em a place to go to, give them a place to learn at, give them a place to build relationships. And, hopefully, there's a seven-footer there who wants to go to Michigan State."
Izzo has strong ties to this area; he owns a home in Ottawa County.