Coaches Vs. Cancer Awareness Week To Conclude At Sunday's Ole Miss-Alabama Game

Feb. 28, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss basketball's first American Cancer Society's "Coaches Vs. Cancer" Awareness Week will conclude Sunday during the Rebels' regular-season finale against Alabama. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum, and the contest will be televised by CBS.

Prior to Sunday's game (11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.), fans will be able to get their pictures taken with life-size cutouts of Ole Miss men's basketball head coach Rod Barnes and Rebel senior guard Jason Harrison for $5 in a tent outside the entrance to the Coliseum. The pictures can be picked up following the game, and all proceeds will go to "Coaches Vs. Cancer."

The Barnes' cutout will be sold in a silent auction before halftime. Silent auction bids will be taken at a designated table in the Coliseum. The new owner of the cutout and local contributors to the program will be recognized during halftime of the Ole Miss-Alabama game.

"This year we hope to bring more awareness of the program to the campus and the community, and in the future, we hope to increase participation and donations," said Derek Horne, Ole Miss assistant athletic director.

Ole Miss' "Coaches Vs. Cancer" Awareness Week tipped off Feb. 25 with a fundraising competition between the Golden Key Honor Society and the "Rod's Squad" student fan club. Students competed to raise the most money for the American Cancer Society and win a chance to participate in a catered meeting with the men's basketball team and coaches after their practice on Mar. 4. The winning team will also be recognized at halftime of Sunday's game.

"While this is a fundraising event, it is also a time to inform the community of cancer awareness and prevention," said Golden Key "Coaches Vs. Cancer" Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Fong. "We just want to tell the entire community about this program. Hopefully, more people will want to become involved, and the event will grow in future years."

Although this is the first year for an awareness week, this is the seventh year that Ole Miss basketball has participated in the "Coaches Vs. Cancer" program to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The past four years, the Golden Key Honor Society has been handing out the 3-point "attack against cancer" pledge cards at all Rebel home games.

This year's goal is $30,000. Last year's goal of $15,000 was met with just over $20,000 raised for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to the student fundraising, silent auction and 3-point card donations, "Coaches Vs. Cancer" is encouraging local businesses, churches and civic organizations to contribute. "Coaches Vs. Cancer" is a national program that raises money for cancer research with the help of college basketball programs and student organizations like Golden Key across the United States. For more information on the American Cancer Society visit their website at www.cancer.org.

 

 

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