Coach Barnes Joins The Fight Against Cancer By Supporting The National Coaches Vs. Cancer Program

Dec. 4, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - For the sixth year, The University of Mississippi joins the American Cancer Society in a "three-point attack" on cancer. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes and the Rebel basketball team are calling on fans to support the Coaches vs. Cancer Program.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration created in 1993 by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). As a local fund-raising tool, the Coaches vs. Cancer "3-Point Attack" offers every fan and community member a chance to affect the outcome in the fight against cancer.

Local businesses, clubs and individuals pledge a specific dollar amount for each three-point shot the Rebels make during the season. For example, if you pledge a dime for every three-point shot and the team finishes the season by making 150 shots, the donation is $15. Last year, the Rebels made 196 three-point shots, raising $12,000 for ACS. Coach Barnes received the Best Practices Award in the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. This year's goal is $15,000. After five games this year, Ole Miss has hit 23 three-pointers.

Student involvement also has added to the success of the "three-point attack" program. The University's Golden Key National Honor Society assists with distributing three-point cards and informing fans of the program during home basketball games. Kappa Psi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, coordinates an educational program, providing accurate information about prostate cancer so men can make informed decisions to enhance their health and quality of life.

"The Ole Miss Rebels are once again extremely excited about the opportunity to participate in this worthy charity program," said Barnes. "We are focusing on increasing our overall number of three-point shots this season. This is not only good for Ole Miss, but good for the American Cancer Society and Mississippi."

If you have not yet made your pledge, call (662) 236-7723 or 1-800-345-TEAM to obtain a pledge card. Pledge cards also are available at all Rebel home games. For more information on the program, go to www.cancer.org/coaches/index.html.

 

 

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