Rival Coaches Come Together Off the Court In the Fight Against Cancer
June 8, 2001
ATLANTA - The American Cancer Society, the nation's leadingvoluntary health organization, is bringing top college basketball coaches,including UCLA's Steve Lavin, together June 10-11 for the second annualCoaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational at Caves Valley Golf Club in OwingsMills, MD. The tournament could be called the Final FORE! as the field ofplayers is one of the largest gathering of college coaches outside theMarch tournament.
The tournament participants include coaches who typically find themselvesstanding across the court from one another, such as: Jim Boeheim(Syracuse), Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), Jerry Dunn (Penn State), Jim Harrick(Georgia), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Kelvin Sampson (Oklahoma), GaryWilliams (Maryland), Roy Williams (Kansas), Tubby Smith (Kentucky), FranDunphy (Pennsylvania), Craig Esherick (Georgetown), Steve Lappas(Massachusettes/Springfield), Steve Lavin (UCLA) and Pat Kennedy (DePaul).Other tournament participants include former NCAA basketball coaches NormStewart, Dean Smith and Bobby Cremins and Baltimore Ravens owner, SteveBiscotti.
All proceeds from the event go directly toward the Society's research,advocacy and patient service programs in each coach's local community.
'It's really a wonderful event,' said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, asecond-time tournament participant. 'The course is beautiful and it's agreat feeling to know you are making a difference in the fight againstcancer. To be with other coaches in a fun, social environment is always agood time,' said Boeheim. But it's not always fun and games on the course.'There's still the closest to the pin and the longest drive competitions,'said UCONN coach Jim Calhoun, also back for a second year. 'We'recompetitors. We all want to win those.'
The Coaches vs. Cancer program was created in 1993 by the American CancerSociety and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In 1999 theWomen's Basketball Coaches Association joined the program. Coaches vs.Cancer leverages the celebrity of our nation's coaches to raise awarenessof key cancer issues and to raise money for the American Cancer Society'smission. The program has raised over $13.5 million to benefit the AmericanCancer Society with events including the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic,Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge, Midnight Practice Events, coaches clinics andlocal game activities. Last year the Golf Invitational raised nearly$100,000, with an increase of 50% anticipated from this year's event.Last season, UCLA participated in the 2000 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic inNew York City's Madison Square Garden , on Nov. 9-10, with Kansas, Kentuckyand St. John's.
'We are very proud to work with so many of the nation's top basketballcoaches who join us in our fight against cancer. Because of their time,their energy, and their spirit they ultimately help save lives byparticipating in the Golf Invitational at Caves Valley,' said H. FredMickelson, Chair-Elect of the National Board of the American CancerSociety.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntaryhealth organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major healthproblem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering fromcancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For informationabout cancer, call toll-free anytime1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society web site atwww.cancer.org.