Shooting for a victory over cancer
January 21, 2010 By Cindy Long
for the Coaches vs. Cancer event.
The Centre men's and women's basketball teams played both to win and to help save lives on Friday, Jan. 22, when they hosted Trinity University for Centre’s first-ever Coaches vs. Cancer game. Despite a great effort, the Centre women fell 70-60, while the Centre men defeated Trinity 57-50.
Coaches vs. Cancer was created by Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri's men's basketball program and a cancer survivor. The nationwide event has raised nearly $50 million since its inception.
Centre’s athletic director Brian Chafin says, “This is a great national cause that I was honored to be part of. We're all, or will be, touched by cancer at some time in our lives, so we should do our part to help find a cure.”
During Friday’s games, fans had several ways to show their support.
Fans could donate money for every three-point shot that the Colonels make during the games. Donors could also pick up pledge cards prior to or during the game, then return the cards to the American Cancer Society representative on-site.
At halftime, special guests shot free throws to raise money for the cause. The guest shooter for the women’s game was Amy Barlow ’05. Barlow was a four-year player for the Centre women’s basketball team and 2002 and 2003 All-SCAC player.
Chafin, himself a former Division III basketball team captain at Ithaca College, shot free throws at halftime of the men's game.