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DSU Basketball to raise cancer awareness during NAIA Coaches vs. Cancer Saturday
January 23, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University women's and men's basketball teams will help raise awareness and support for the American Cancer Society during the game against Trinity Bible (N.D.) Saturday, Jan. 26 at DSU Fieldhouse. Prior to the college basketball doubleheader game, there will be a high school girls' basketball game between Fulda (Minn.) and Summit (S.D.) with a tip-off starting at 1:30 p.m.
Coaches Jeff Dittman and Gary Garner will join all other coaches from all levels of college basketball in the United States to raise cancer awareness for the Coaches vs. Cancer program endorsed by the NAIA-NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches).
Dakota State will have a fundraising activity leading up to the Trinity Bible games on Saturday. DSU will be selling paper shoes that you will be able to write names of people you know that have been affected by cancer. Those shoes will be hung in the gym and displayed throughout the three games on Saturday. You can purchase your $1.00 paper shoes the day of the game or pre-order them by contacting the Assistant Athletic Director Tom Nielsen by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call him at 605-256-7329. Proceeds will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising efforts to fight against cancer.
This year, the NABC has joined up with businesses across the country encouraging them to join in by wearing sneakers with their suits at work during this event.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches to help make a difference in the fight against cancer. By wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's rise of the disease. Additionally, this weekend helps promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, day-to-day help and emotional support.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director