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Stephens to host 'Suits & Sneakers' basketball game

January 21, 2014

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

The Stephens College basketball program will show its support of Coaches vs. Cancer this Thursday  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.

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.

Fundraising and awareness events that focus on the fight against cancer have become a norm at all levels of sport. For some, it hits closer to home. And for Stephens basketball head coach Chris Duncan, this game means a great deal to him.

“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.

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.

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