November 3, 2011

Saints to Host Piedmont in Coaches vs. Cancer Exhibition

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's basketball team will host their first annual Coaches vs. Cancer contest this coming Monday when the play host to Piedmont College.

Saints head coach Chris Faulkner released the news earlier this week. North Georgia will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Gym as they go up against Piedmont in an exhibition game.

Admission to watch the game will be free to all spectators in support of the cause. The first 100 students will also receive a free "Coaches vs. Cancer" t-shirt as well. Donations will be taken throughout the night in the fight against cancer.

During halftime of the game, there will be an announcement on where and who the North Georgia Lady Saints women's soccer team will be playing in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. There is a good chance that the Lady Saints will host an NCAA Division II Regional. The information will be revealed to the fans and players for the first time.

This is a good chance for all fans to support the cause and support the Saints as well. It's a chance to receive a free t-shirt and watch North Georgia in their first home game of the season. The coaching staff and players thank all who attend and show their support.

Information about Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.

 Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from a concept championed by Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri's men's basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He started the program by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three points made by his team during the season.

The American Cancer Society and the NABC adopted that concept in 1993 and transformed it into a nationwide effort to unite coaches across the country in the common mission to provide help and hope to all people facing cancer. Today, more than 2,000 Division I, II, and III college coaches are involved in the program. Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease. Additionally, more than 100 high school coaches also participate in the program.

In 1998, the Coaches vs. Cancer Council was formed—a distinguished group of NABC member basketball coaches, American Cancer Society volunteers, and business leaders from across the country - to explore new and innovative ways to raise funds, recruit prominent coaches, enhance the program, and help win the fight against cancer.

Because cancer has touched so many of our nation's basketball coaches, Coaches vs. Cancer offers them the unique opportunity to fight the disease. Through integrated fundraising activities and public awareness campaigns, participating coaches are truly making a difference in the fight against cancer and are raising awareness in their communities about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Coaches vs. Cancer Mission Statement

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Coaches vs. Cancer provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the Society's lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.