Lyon College basketball teams hosting Coaches vs. Cancer games Jan. 30

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The Lyon College men and women’s basketball teams are doing their part in the fight against cancer. Both squads and their coaches are participating in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) effort to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds in the 2020 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers program on Thursday, Jan. 30, against Harris-Stowe, a release from Lyon College noted.

The Lyon coaching staffs, led by Chad Tapp and Tracy Stewart-Lange, along with Harris-Stowe coaches, Seth McDowell and Brion Dunlap, will swap their dress shoes for sneakers to wear with their usual game attire during their American Midwest Conference games. The 10th-ranked Lyon women will take on the Hornets at 5:30 p.m., while the men’s game is set to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Fans will have an opportunity to donate to this worthy cause during the Scots’ basketball doubleheader on Thursday night against Harris-Stowe. During Thursday night’s doubleheader, a donation jar will be placed at the main entrance gate for those who would like to make a donation.

Between 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 27-29, Lyon faculty, staff and fans of the Lyon College basketball teams can go by the Lyon Athletics Administration Building on College Street and make a donation to honor someone they know or support the cause. For every $1 donated an individual will receive a “Coaches vs. Cancer” sneaker image and can write in the name of the person they are honoring – or their own name if they simply want to show their support.

Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be selling sneaker images on Jan. 27-29 during the lunch hours on campus in the kiosk outside the Scot Shop. Then, on Thursday night, these images will be displayed in Becknell Gymnasium during the games.

In addition, members of the Lyon College community will pass around buckets at halftime of each game to give fans in attendance another opportunity to donate to this worthy cause.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

According to the release, the program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.

Because cancer has touched so many of our nation’s basketball coaches, Coaches vs. Cancer offers them the unique opportunity to fight the disease, the school said in the release. Through integrated fundraising activities and public awareness campaigns, participating coaches are truly making a difference in the fight against cancer and are raising awareness in their communities about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

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