Rod Barnes' Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament Raises Money For American Cancer Society
May 2, 2003
By Erin M. Smith
Members of the American Cancer Society will receive more than $2,500 in donations from the first annual Rod Barnes Coaches vs. Cancer 3-on-3-basketball tournament held Saturday.
Officials said the tournament, sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar and the Department of Athletics, was highly successful and plan to continue the charitable event next year.
The event officially ended Greek Week and raised $2,925, with $300 allotted for the tournament's winners.
"We (had) some goals," Tom Taff, history senior and student tournament coordinator, said. "But, since this was the first time, we really had no idea how much money we were going to raise."
The men's 3-on-3 winner was the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, while Chi Omega took home the women's trophy.
Each organization won $150, which they will receive at the end of May during a reception for Coach Barnes, Taff said.
Participants were required to submit a $75 registration fee, and although 10 sororities and fraternities signed up, only five participated Saturday morning.
"The turnout was pretty good," said Derek Horne, assistant athletic director of internal affairs and volunteer chairman of Coaches vs. Cancer.
"(The money raised) was a little less than what we expected, but we were happy with it all together."
Horne said he suspects the Double Decker Festival with other circumstances limited the amount of student participation.
To increase participation next year, officials plan to hold registration during Ole Miss basketball games.
Taff said he and others will begin organizing the charitable event in September, instead of working over a four-month period.
In addition to these changes, Taff and Horne said officials will implement other changes to attract more students.
"Next year, we will hold it in the Turner Center," Taff said. "We will hold it in the evening, work it in with the basketball season."
The organization, Coaches vs. Cancer, has been prevalent on the Ole Miss Campus for seven years, and Horne said most people recognize the organization through the basketball program.
"During the basketball season, we have a 3-point program, where fans pledge money for each 3-point shot made," Horne said.
Article reprinted with permission from the Daily Mississippian
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