Friday, February 6, 2009

CMS' Coaches Vs Cancer events Friday, Tuesday

Basketball coaches across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are trading their dress shoes for sneakers to support the American Cancer Society tonight and Tuesday. This is the fourth year CMS schools are supporting the fight against cancer with special Coaches vs. Cancer events at basketball games.

“We are so happy that our schools, student-athletes and coaches are supporting this worthy cause,” said Vicki Hamilton, director of athletics. “Coaches vs. Cancer events encourage our students to find creative ways to make a real difference as they raise money for the American Cancer Society.”

Providence High School men’s basketball coach Myron Lowery started the program at CMS four years ago. He lost his brother, Mark, to cancer in 1996 and was looking for a way to honor his memory. The program has grown every year and now all CMS high schools participate. Students sell paper basketballs in honor of friends and relatives affected by cancer, schools are encouraging staff and parents to donate and basketball players are making as many free throws as possible to collect pledges. Last year, CMS schools raised more than $12,000.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). It started in the early 1990’s and today, more than 500 college coaches and more than 100 high school coaches are involved. Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $45 million to support the American Cancer Society.

“The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a vital, year-round link between the Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer,” said Jim Satalin, director of Coaches vs. Cancer. “The program draws from the personal experiences, community leadership, and the professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase public awareness of the Society’s mission to save lives and prevent cancer, and to raise funds to fight the disease on a variety of fronts.”

Schedule of upcoming Coaches vs. Cancer games:

Friday, Feb. 6

* Mallard Creek at Hopewell (11530 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville)
* Harding University at Olympic (4301 Sandy Porter Rd.)
* Ardrey Kell at Providence (1800 Pineville-Matthews Rd.)

Tuesday, Feb. 10

* Charlotte Catholic at Phillip O. Berry (1430 Alleghany St.)
* Garinger at Harding University (2001 Alleghany St.)
* Hopewell at Vance (7600 IBM Dr.) *Donations received at this game have been designated for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

-- Observer News Services