Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits & Sneakers" Event Set for January 23The Stars' basketball team will participate in the nationwide "Suits & Sneakers" Event when it hosts Harris-Stowe State next Thursday at 7 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Stephens College basketball program will showcase its support of Coaches vs. Cancer next Thursday (Jan. 23) when the team hosts Harris-Stowe State at Silverthorne Arena. Tip-off for the American Midwest Conference (AMC) contest is set for 7 p.m.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), which empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
One event unique to the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative is the “Suits & Sneakers” Event. Different from normal gameday attire, Stars’ head coach Chris Duncan and assistant Jessica McConnell will join several coaches across the country in sporting a suit and sneakers during their Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to help promote cancer awareness.
“This is near and dear to my heart because I lost my mom to cancer four years ago,” Duncan said. “Every year when the Suits & Sneakers event comes around, it reminds me of how cancer affects so many people, especially my family. This is a great opportunity to represent and show support for Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society.”
With next week’s “Suits & Sneakers” fundraising event, pink cotton candy and balloons will be given out to all in attendance. At the door, fans can make a $2 donation for a sneaker cut-out to honor someone who is battling or has battled cancer. Another option for fans is to print out a copy of the sneaker prior to the game for free admittance, while making a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer. All sneakers will be displayed on our Coaches vs. Cancer Wall of Support.
Click here for a .pdf version of the sneaker.
Main Goals for the Stephens College Coaches vs. Cancer Event:
-Raise awareness for the fight against cancer
-Use the event as a visual reminder that prevention is key when it comes to blocking cancer before it takes center court in our lives
-Promote the American Cancer Society’s free services for those facing cancer, and their loved ones, available 24/7, for information, help and support.