PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth High School Boys Basketball team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer Night on Tuesday, Feb. 10 when the Pilgrims play host to the Class 4A, No. 5 Warsaw Tigers.
The mission of Coaches vs. Cancer is to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty, school staff, fans and the community at large. The varsity Pilgrims will be collecting donations during the junior varsity contest, which is slated to begin at 6:15 p.m., and coaches will wear pink t-shirts and shoelaces to promote the cause at the game.
“It’s something that has affected just about everybody in terms of family and friends,” said PHS Assistant Athletic Director John Scott. “Everybody knows someone who has been affected by it, and we’re just trying to do our part to help as much as we can.”
The Coaches vs. Cancer council membership includes Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Bruce Weber of Illinois, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The program evolved from a concept developed 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 — as he challenged 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 the concept in 1993 and transformed it into a nationwide effort. Today, more than 2,000 Division I, II and III college coaches and more than 100 high school coaches are involved in the program, which has raised nearly $50 million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer.