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Gonzaga coach Mark Few joins Cameo to raise money for athletic department

Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few speaks during an NCAA Tournament news conference in 2019. Few recently joined Cameo, a platform allowing users to request personalized video greetings from celebrities, sports figures and notable people, to raise money for the university’s athletic department. (COLIN MULVANY/The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few speaks during an NCAA Tournament news conference in 2019. Few recently joined Cameo, a platform allowing users to request personalized video greetings from celebrities, sports figures and notable people, to raise money for the university’s athletic department. (COLIN MULVANY/The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga Bulldogs fans can now send friends and family members a personalized video message from head basketball coach Mark Few while supporting the university’s athletic department.

Few has joined Cameo, a Chicago-based company that allows users to request personalized video messages for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations and more via its website and app.

“Hey Zag fans, Mark Few here from Gonzaga basketball,” Few said in an introduction video posted on the Cameo website. “I want to talk to you about an exciting opportunity we all have – to have some fun, but to also support Gonzaga athletics during this pandemic. I need you to head to the Cameo app for more information, and let’s have some fun.”

A request of Few costs $200, with proceeds to go toward Gonzaga University Athletics to offset financial losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Few was not available for comment Tuesday.

Cameo features thousands of athletes, celebrities, comedians and musicians on its platform. Users can submit a request to public figures, who set the cost per video message. Users will receive a link to the personalized video message within seven days to share or download.

Prices range from $10 to hundreds of dollars. A Cameo video from former Washington State University football coach Mike Leach costs $150, while a video message from former Seattle SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton costs $625.

Demand for Cameo videos has grown significantly across all “talent sections,” but especially with athletes and coaches, a Cameo spokesperson said in an email.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Ray Lewis generate the most activity from users on the Cameo platform, the spokesperson said.

“We see a ton of engagement with other coaches like John Calipari, Mike Leach and Urban Meyer joining in recent months,” the Cameo spokesperson said . “Several have joined to raise money for charitable causes in the wake of COVID-19.”

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