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Hobart coaches don suits to fight cancer

During Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, Jan. 28-30, basketball coaches nationwide—including the members of the Hobart College coaching staff—will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games that weekend to show their support.

Led by Head Coach Izzi Metz ’98, the Statesmen coaching staff will sport sneakers with their suits on Saturday, Jan. 29, when Hobart hosts Clarkson. Tipoff in Bristol Gym is scheduled for 4 p.m. and admission is free.

The Statesmen are off to the best start in the program’s history, carrying a 13-3 record into Friday’s game against St. Lawrence. Hobart is 5-0 in the Liberty League with a two-game lead over the rest of the conference.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event’s seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk. In the U.S., overweight and obesity contribute to 14-to-20 percent of all cancer-related deaths.

“Coaches vs. Cancer is a vital link between the basketball community and the American Cancer Society’s commitment to saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against a disease which has taken too much,” said Stephen L. Swanson, 2010-11 national volunteer chair, American Cancer Society Board of Directors. “Like so many of us, these coaches have a personal connection to cancer. And, because of their visibility in their communities and nationwide, they also have a unique and invaluable opportunity to reach people with important information about how they can reduce their risk of cancer, particularly by maintaining a healthy weight and by being physically active.”

“We may be battling on the court night in and night out, but as coaches, we’re on the same team when it comes to reminding our basketball community and our fans about taking an active role in reducing our risk of cancer and in fighting back on behalf of those who face a cancer diagnosis,” said Lon Kruger, UNLV head coach and Coaches vs. Cancer Council member. “Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend is all about challenging us all to get involved in the fight for every birthday threatened by cancer in every community.”

In addition to Kruger, among active Coaches vs. Cancer Coaches Council members are: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse); Mike Brey (Notre Dame); Jim Calhoun (Connecticut); Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston); Ed DeChellis (Penn State); Fran Dunphy (Temple); Mark Few (Gonzaga); Jeff Gamber (York College); Mike Krzyzewski (Duke); Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s); Oliver Purnell (DePaul); Orlando “Tubby” Smith (Minnesota); Bruce Weber (Illinois); Gary Williams (Maryland), chair; and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans throughout the nation, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $60 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.