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Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Game Ready to Aid in the Fight

by on January 25, 2013 11:12 AM

Penn State’s third annual Coaches vs. Cancer Band Together Day will be held at noon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Coaches vs. Cancer — or CVC — is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. While most interact only on the competitive level across the court, CVC gives coaches the chance to stand together for a common fight that has affected many of them directly. The program also provides an outlet for coaches, players and community members to put forth an effort in the fight against cancer.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the community together and contribute to the fight against cancer,” Penn State coach and CVC-Penn State chairman Patrick Chambers said in a release. “There are so many people in this community fighting cancer either because they are personally affected or have joined the cause. We are honored to be able to recognize and support them and to do whatever we can to beat cancer.”

From each ticket sold, Penn State Athletics will donate $3 directly to CVC. Grey Band Together T-shirts will be available for sale at the Bryce Jordan Center for $10. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will go to CVC. There will also be a silent auction of signed memorabilia by regional and Penn State sports legends at the game, and a halftime ceremony featuring cancer survivors and the various professional and volunteer groups from the Centre County region.

Penn State welcomes all cancer survivors along with their family and friends to attend the game on Saturday, who will be provided with up to four free tickets to the game while supplies last. To inquire about available tickets, please contact Nathan Leopard of the American Cancer Society at or by phone at (814) 234-1023.

CVC day at the Bryce Jordan Center will also encompass Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. From Jan. 25-26 coaches across the county will exchange their usual dress shoes for a pair of sneakers to raise awareness about cancer and promote healthy lifestyles, such as the significance of proper nutrition and physical activity.

Chances are that Chambers will coach the game in white sneakers with laces instead of black leather shoes.

Proceeds raised through CVC-Penn State will go to the American Cancer Society’s Central Region Centre Unit office in State College.

Funds then go out to various organizations that specialize in treating and helping cancer patients and their families. These organizations include “Feel Good…Look Better,” a program that helps female cancer patients enhance their physical appearance while going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments; Road to Recovery, a program where volunteers provide transportation for cancer patients to and from treatments if they do not have a ride; and Hope Lodge, a program that provides free temporary housing to cancer patients and their families if they need to travel outside of their local area for treatment. Proceeds are also used to fund research and grants.

Last year, CVC-Penn State raised $215,615 for the American Cancer Society, exceeding the $200,000 mark for the third year in a row and adding to its near $2 million total over 17 years and $1 million in the last six years alone.

Besides Band Together Day at the Bryce Jordan Center, CVC-Penn State will also hold other fundraisers throughout the year. The 17th annual CVC Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held on May 31 at the Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses, and the 13th annual run/walk 5K will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 16 at the Intramural Building East Lawn. The State College Brew Expo, which donates to CVC, will be held in August, as well as a reverse car drawing in September. To sign up or receive more information about any of CVC-Penn State’s fundraising events, visit

Adults and seniors ticket rates for the men’s basketball games are as follows: $24 for lower bowl seats between the baselines, $18 for the lower bowl behind the baskets and upper level between the baselines and $15 for upper level behind the basket seats for. Youth tickets (18 and under) are $10. Penn State student tickets (University Park or branch campus) are $5. Groups of 15 people or more are encouraged to take advantage of the special group ticket rates of $10 per adult and $5 per youth.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting or Ticketmaster.

Brittany is the staff writer for The Centre County Gazette.
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