Thursday, February 03, 2005
TUSCALOOSA – The National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society have chosen Saturday, February 5, for its annual National Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Day. Among the coaches from around the country who are participating in the event will be the University of Alabama’s Mark Gottfried and the University of Florida’s Billy Donovan. Alabama plays at Florida on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.
“I think it’s a great cause and a great way to make people aware of the fact that coaches are trying to raise awareness and money through Coaches vs. Cancer. And anything that we can do collectively as a group to help I think is important to do it. So we’re certainly excited to participate,” said Gottfried who has long played an active role in the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Coaches across the country on Saturday will be wearing “sneakers” to spread the message. The Coaches vs. Cancer program has raised $23 million dollars for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy, and patient services programs since its inception a decade ago, and the wearing of the shoes is designed to show the country that the fight for the cure continues. Fans attending games on Saturday are encouraged to wear “sneakers” as well to show their support of the Coaches vs. Cancer program.