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WCC Men's Basketball Coaches Take Steps Against Cancer

Jan. 28, 2009

San Bruno, CA - During this Saturday's conference games, all eight men's basketball head coaches will wear sneakers with their suits as they take part in this year's "Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend." By lacing up sneakers instead of dress shoes, coaches hope to remind the public that while cancer still remains a major health concern, all can take minor steps to reduce the risk.

"The West Coast Conference is proud to be part of the 'Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend,'" said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Cancer affects so many people in so many ways. This is something small we can all do to support a cause that is much larger than the game of basketball."

"Coaches vs. Cancer" is a nationwide collaboration that was adopted in 1993 by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to empower basketball coaches, teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. By promoting events that generated coverage on televised basketball games and in arenas across the country, both organizations aimed at raising funds and increasing awareness about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

To date, more than 500 Division I, II, and III college coaches participate in "Coaches vs. Cancer." More than 100 high school coaches are involved as well. Since 1993, the program has raised nearly $45 million to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date information and education, advocate for public health policies, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Additional events are scheduled to take place throughout the year to continue the "Coaches vs. Cancer" mission of raising funds for the American Cancer Society, such as: "Fight Cancer In Style," an event for the coaches' wives during NCAA Final Four weekend; the "2K Sports Classic," a 16-team, nationwide basketball tournament; and the annual "Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational."

For more information on "Coaches vs. Cancer" and the events that surround its efforts, please visit www.cancer.org/coaches .

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org .

National Association of Basketball Coaches
Since its inception in 1927, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), located in Kansas City, Missouri, has continually worked to further the best interests of the game of basketball, as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport. In doing so, the NABC has established the following goals and objectives to pursue its mission:

  • To promote the ideals of integrity, sportsmanship, and teamwork among men's basketball coaches and the players whom they coach.
  • To unify coaches on issues pertaining to basketball at all levels.
  • To provide member services which address the needs of the coach professionally, emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually.
  • To encourage basketball coaches to serve as community outreach agents who elevate moral, ethical, and educational values.
  • To enlighten the general public, media, institutional educators, and athletic administrators to the fact that coaches are good for the sport and the young people whom they serve.
  • To work with the legislative arm of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on issues that affect basketball and intercollegiate athletics, in particular, identifying issues that not only benefit the student-athlete but also the ability of the coaching staff to work effectively and beneficially within the institution.
  • To learn more about the NABC, please visit www.NABC.com .