Transy Coaches Team Up to Fight Against Cancer

by Abby Ferguson
Staff

In an effort to raise cancer awareness, Transylvania will co-sponsor a Coaches vs. Cancer event on Saturday during the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Defiance College. The men’s game will be televised by WKYT Channel 27 throughout Central Kentucky.

“The money that is being raised is used for a disease that has touched each of us,” said Brian Lane, head coach of men’s basketball. “We are excited to help bring even more awareness to this cause.”

“(Coaches vs. Cancer is) a great way of bringing awareness through the game of basketball,” said women’s head coach Greg Todd.

The men’s game will start at 1 p.m. with the women’s game to follow at 3 p.m.

Transy’s athletics department is teaming up with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society to shine a spotlight on cancer research and raise money for advocacy efforts, education and patient services. During the program’s 18 years it has raised millions of dollars.

“Schools, small and large, can pool their resources (with this program) and make a much bigger impact than if we were working alone,” said Lane.

There will be a silent auction during the doubleheader, which will commence at the beginning of the men’s game. Prizes in previous years have included Transy athletic apparel, memorabilia from the Lexington Legends, gift certificates for local restaurants and hotels, and tickets to University of Kentucky sporting events.

Booths will also be set up in Forrer Hall and the Beck Center for those interested in contributing. During last year’s event Transy raised almost $2,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer.

The coaches see basketball as a great vehicle to help raise money for a needed cause.

According to Lane, in the game against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology the men’s coaches “wore tennis shoes to highlight our fundraising efforts.”

Both Todd and Lane are excited that the game is televised because they see it as a great opportunity for bringing awareness to this cause.

“It’s certainly something we need to come together on,” Todd said.

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