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'Big 4' basketball coaches partner with American Cancer Society to support life-saving work against cancer


Fri, Jun 21st 2019 07:35 pm

Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members will unite for the American Cancer Society’s “Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Happy Hour” in an effort to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at The Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Buffalo.

“ ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ gives sports fans the chance to back their team and to attack cancer,” said JoAnna Jacob, executive director for the American Cancer Society’s upstate New York area. “Sports fans are passionate, and, through initiatives like this, we are channeling that drive into fun, yet meaningful, ways to help end the pain and suffering of cancer. We are excited to work with the local schools and local coaches, because it makes a real difference every day in the lives of our neighbors, and people everywhere, touched by cancer.”

Currently scheduled to appear are Jim Whitesell, head coach of men’s basketball, University at Buffalo; Mark Schmidt, head coach of men’s basketball at St. Bonaventure University; Pat Beilein, men’s basketball head coach, Niagara University; and Jada Pierce, head coach, women’s basketball, Niagara University. More guests to be announced.

Tickets are slated to go on sale for this event in mid-July. For sponsorship inquires, tickets, or questions for this event, contact Joe LaVare at 716-689-6982, ext. 65250, or [email protected].

“Coaches vs. Cancer” is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.

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