Wednesday Jan 28 2009
WJU coaches to lace up the sneakers for cancer awareness
By: Staff Report
William Jessup University men’s basketball coach Aaron Muhic and his staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during Saturday night’s home game to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. The Warriors will take on conference rival Simpson University in their momecoming game, tipping off at 7:30pm. Fans also are encouraged to wear sneakers to the William Jessup game to demonstrate their support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society, is slated for the weekend of Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2009. By lacing up sneakers with their suits, participating coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. “The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a vital, year-round link between the American Cancer Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer,” said Jim Satalin, director of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, according to a news release from William Jessup University. “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.” Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or find it early, helping people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight investing in research that yields groundbreaking discoveries into cancer’s causes and cures and helping pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy.