Men’s College Basketball Teams Hit the Hardwoods in 2003 Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Classic
American Cancer Society
Schools Support the American Cancer Society's Fight Against Cancer
For the second straight year, the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will feature eight teams, each playing one game, in a "showcase" style event, rather than the tournament format used in previous years. Last year's Coaches vs. Cancer Classic field included three eventual Final Four teams from the 2003 NCAA tournament – Marquette, Texas, and eventual national champions, Syracuse.
Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, was formed to leverage the strength, community leadership and celebrity of our country's basketball coaches. Through the efforts of more than 500 basketball coaches and the American Cancer Society, more than $20 million has been raised since 1993. The money raised supports the Society's efforts in research, education, advocacy and service in communities nationwide.
"So many basketball coaches have dedicated themselves to the Coaches vs. Cancer program," said Gary J. Streit, national volunteer chairman of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. "Their leadership, commitment and support are instrumental in strengthening our cause."
With programs such as Coaches vs. Cancer, the American Cancer Society works to offer hope, progress and answers to individuals touched by cancer. Through their association, basketball coaches are helping build a cancer-free future in many inventive ways in their own communities, including:
"Coaches vs. Cancer is truly dedicated to making a difference in the fight against cancer," said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "The commitment from participating coaches and their schools, American Cancer Society volunteers and fans, has made the future even brighter for all those facing cancer."
For more information, or to contact American Cancer Society, see their website at: www.cancer.org
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