The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to become the first athletic conference at any collegiate level to select Coaches vs. Cancer as their philanthropy of choice for the 2015-16 season. Conference wide Coaches vs. Cancer games will take place next week from January 26-February 3.
SLIAC members join more than 4,000 basketball coaches from across the country as they join the fight against cancer. A total of nine SLIAC members will host Coaches vs. Cancer events during home games over the next week. Principia College has chosen not to participate due to religious beliefs. The SLIAC becomes the first conference among NCAA Division I, II, or III to hold a conference wide event associated with Coaches vs. Cancer.
"It is great to see SLIAC institutions collaborate on a conference wide project like the Coaches vs. Cancer games," said SLIAC Commissioner Angie Morenz. "These are games you would typically see at each individual institution in a given year, this year this group has combined their energy to take a stand against cancer. It is exciting to work with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and educate others about preventative measures."
Coaches vs. Cancer, founded in 1993, is a nationwide collaborative between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The upcoming Coaches vs. Cancer - Suits and Sneakers campaign encourages coaches and their staff to wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness of the fight against cancer and demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. The initiative aims to increase cancer awareness, highlights the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person's cancer risk, and promotes the American Cancer Society's free programs and services available to those facing cancer. Since 1993, coaches have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
Advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment have contributed to an over 20 percent drop in cancer mortality rate in the past two decades, leading to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred had previous rates persisted. For more information and to join coaches and the SLIAC in the fight against cancer, visit coachesvscancer.org/suitsandsneakers
The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division III athletic conference and was chartered in 1989 and includes 10 private institutions across four states. Members include: Blackburn College, Eureka College, Fontbonne University, Greenville College, Iowa Wesleyan University, MacMurray College, Principia College, Spalding University, Webster University, and Westminster College.
You don't have to be an athlete to make a difference. See how you can change the world by visiting www.cancer.org/coachesvscancer. You can also share your stories and pictures on Twitter by using #SuitsAndSneakers and #SLIACtion or post directly to American Cancer Society and St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Facebook pages.
Coaches vs. Cancer Schedule
|Jan. 26||Webster vs. Principia||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Jan. 27||Eureka vs. Spalding||Eureka, Ill.|
|Fontbonne vs. Iowa Wesleyan||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Greenville vs. Westminster||Greenville, Ill.|
|MacMurray vs. Blackburn||Jacksonville, Ill.|
|Jan. 30||Blackburn vs. Greenville||Carlinville, Ill.|
|Iowa Wesleyan vs. Westminster||Mt. Pleasant, Iowa|
|Spalding vs. Fontbonne||Louisville, Ky.|
|Feb. 3||Westminster vs. Fontbonne||Fulton, Mo.|