Coaches vs. Cancer fund-raiser Friday night at Margaretville gym

By Julia Green
Sneakers will be the footwear of choice for Margaretville Central School basketball coaches on Friday night, when MCS takes part in the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Week.
Margaretville will donate all of the admission proceeds from Friday’s girls’ varsity basketball game to the American Cancer Society to benefit cancer research. The game starts at 7 p.m., when the Blue Devils play host to the visiting Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville.
In addition to donating admission proceeds, Friday’s game will also feature a halftime shooting contest; as another fund-raising effort, MCS will also be selling basketball cutouts, which can be purchased for a dollar and signed by the donor. The cutouts will be put on display outside the high school gym.
Donations to the American Cancer Society will also be accepted at the door.
“Suits and Sneakers” is one aspect of Coaches vs. Cancer, and is designed to raise awareness about the program and the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. Coaches and coaching staff nationwide don sneakers with their suits to remind basketball audiences about the many ways people can reduce their risk of cancer. “Suits and Sneakers” generates coverage on televised games and in arenas around the country.
Schools throughout the country participate in “Suits and Sneakers” as well as other Coaches vs. Cancer nights, wherein coaches appeal to fans and communities to join their teams in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches joined forces in 1993 to make Coaches vs. Cancer a nationwide effort to unite coaches across the country in the common mission to provide help and hope to all people facing cancer. Today, more than 500 college coaches are involved in the program, as well as more than 100 high school coaches.