posted January 25, 2012

Men's Basketball Coaches Participate in Cancer Awareness Event

The Hope College men's basketball coaching staff will participate in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness intitiave on Saturday, Jan. 28, when the Flying Dutchmen host Alma for the annual Winter Happening game at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The initiative is a collaborative endeavor of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Coach Matt Neil and his staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. They will be joined by the coaches from Alma College. The sneakerrs to be worn by the coaches were donated by Gazelle Sports Stoe of Holland.

Fans may support this cause by texting COACH to 20222 from any wireless phone to make a $5.00 donation toward Coaches vs. Cancer and help in the search for a cure. For more information, visit the Coaches vs. Cancer Facebook Page 

By lacing up sneakers with their suits, college and high school basketball coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps
to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk. Obesity has been shown to increase the risk for many forms of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancers and may account for 20 percent of cancer deaths in women and 14 percent in men.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $70 million since 1993 to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Additional information