Thompson to Appear Before Congressional Leaders on Tuesday with Coaches vs. Cancer
Sept. 21, 2009
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III will appear before congressional leaders on the United States Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 22 as part of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit & Lobby Day.
Thompson will appear with four other prominent college basketball coaches - Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Ed DeChellis of Penn State, Oliver Purnell of Clemson and Tubby Smith of Minnesota - at a press event for the Coaches vs. Cancer.
Thompson and the four coaches will appear at a press conference at 10:45 in the Capitol. During that time, the coaches will have the opportunity to speak with selected senators - including Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobochar of Minnesota - on the importance of funding for cancer research in passing Health Care Reforms. In addition, the coaches will speak with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Georgetown will play in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 8, playing Butler at Madison Square Garden. The Jimmy V Classic is one of the events sponsored by the V Foundation, honoring late college basketball coach and ESPN analyst Jim Valvano, who passed away after a battle with cancer. The Jimmy V Classic and the V Foundation have raised more than $90 million for cancer research since 1993.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with members of the senate," Thompson said. "This is a chance to speak to our country's leaders about the need for focus on cancer prevention and for people to hear more about the great things that the Coaches vs. Cancer organization does."
Thompson and his wife, Monica, who battled breast cancer two years ago, have been supporters of Capital Breast Care Center in the District of Columbia, which has the highest mortality rate of breast cancer in the country.
The ACS CAN Leadership Summit & Lobby Day convenes staff and volunteer advocacy leaders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and each of the 435 Congressional Districts for training, networking and meetings with their members of Congress to lobby for health care reform as well as for policies that secure investments in research and prevention and improved quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers.