Jan. 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - When the Georgetown University men's basketball team hosts No. 6 Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 26, Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III and his coaching staff will leave their customary dress shoes at home in favor of sneakers, for the 10th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend. Saturday's game is one of many during the weekend-long event, coordinated by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Thompson and his staff will wear sneakers, specifically adorned with pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. Georgetown players will also wear different sneakers, also with an emphasis of pink for breast cancer awareness.
More than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States will take part from January 25-27, to raise awareness to the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States and to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.
"The Coaches vs. Cancer program turns 20 this year, and in just two decades, high school and college basketball coaches have helped raise more than $85 million for the American Cancer Society. What an amazing accomplishment...and proof that coaches can really make a difference in the fight against cancer," said Gary M. Reedy, volunteer chair of the board for the Society. "In May, the American Cancer Society will celebrate its 100th birthday. Thanks in part to the progress and support of programs like Suits and Sneakers, nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday."
Since 1993, participating coaches have helped raise more than $85 million for the American Cancer Society's lifesaving work. Coaches also lend their voices and leadership to fight back with lawmakers to make this world a healthier place to live. Visit coachesvscancer.org or "like" Coaches vs. Cancer on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about Suits and Sneakers.
Fans can support the fight against cancer - no matter where they live or work - by texting "COACH" to 20222.
The Hoyas and Cardinals tip-off at noon and will be shown live on ESPN, with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to SportsTalk 570 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.