Harvard Men’s Basketball to Raise Awareness During Coaches vs. Cancer Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard men’s basketball team will help raise awareness and support for the American Cancer Society during the game against Dartmouth Saturday, Jan. 26.

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker and the assistant coaches will join more than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States making an unusual fashion statement, when wearing sneakers with their game attire to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program during the 10th annual Suits & Sneakers weekend.
“We, as basketball coaches, are committed to helping bring awareness and funding for a cure for cancer,” Amaker said. “We are happy to support the Coaches vs. Cancer event and hope we can make a difference in the fight against cancer together.”
Harvard will also hold a raffle during the Dartmouth game for four tickets to the upcoming sold out game against Princeton Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds to the raffle will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer. Raffle tickets will be $5 each and an arm’s length of tickets will be $30. The winner will be announced during a media timeout in the second half of the game vs. the Big Green.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches 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 risk 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.
Funds raised by coach Amaker and others help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against this disease.
During the Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, fans are encouraged to follow Coaches vs. Cancer on Facebook and @CoachesvsCancer on Twitter. Fans can also join the fight against cancer and make a donation of $5 by texting “COACH” to 20222.
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