Men's Basketball

UMass Hoops To Host Coaches vs. Cancer Game Sunday Against Richmond

Derek Kellogg

Derek Kellogg

Jan. 25, 2013

The UMass men's basketball team and head coach Derek Kellogg have teamed up with the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer initiative. On Sunday, Jan. 27, when the Minutemen play host to Richmond at 2 p.m., fans will have an opportunity to take part in activities that will benefit the life-saving work of the American Cancer Society and its Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.

"Any time you can increase awareness and raise money for research that can save lives is a welcome opportunity, not just for us as a program but as a community is a positive," said Kellogg.

Promotional materials and giveaways will be set-up on the Mullins Center concourse. Additionally, raffle tickets will be on sale for autographed UMass basketball items, tickets to future games and other special prizes, including a weekend get-away to Atlantic City.

The game is played in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) 10th Annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend. From January 25-27 more than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States will be making much more than just a fashion statement when they sport tennis shoes with their suits.

Suits and Sneakers weekend is an annual event coordinated by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC. The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers basketball and other athletic coaches to save lives from cancer by leveraging their community leadership to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. Wearing sneakers is a simple way to spotlight the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States - exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths - and remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.



This year, Coaches vs. Cancer is giving fans a chance to get in on the action and support the fight against cancer. Fans who donate $5 to Coaches vs. Cancer by texting the word "Coach" to 20222 any time between January 21 and April 9 will be entered for a chance to win one of several exclusive prizes, like a free trip to the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic or autographed items from top coaches like Wisconsin's Bo Ryan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Stanford's Johnny Dawkins. Visit or "like" Coaches vs. Cancer on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about Suits and Sneakers.

For more information on the game visit, or call 413-545-3870 for more information about how to donate while supporting UMass Basketball.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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