Men’s Basketball Helping Raise Cancer Awareness

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team will support a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, when the Corsairs face Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University.

The UMass Dartmouth men's basketball players and coaching staff will be donning the color PURPLE to support a Cancer Awareness program. The men's basketball players will wear purple "UMass Dartmouth Coaches vs. Cancer" tee-shirts during warm-ups, while the coaching staff will wear elements of purple in their game-day attire.

The Corsair athletics department encourages fans attending the conference contest to support the cause by wearing the color PURPLE. The first 25 students to enter the Tripp Athletic Center wearing the color purple will receive a free Corsair Super Fan tee shirt. Volunteers will also be walking through the crowd collecting donations to benefit the American Cancer Society fund. The American Cancer Society's efforts fund lifesaving cancer breakthroughs, raise awareness to help people stay well, and help people with cancer, and their loved ones, get the help, support, and resources they need today to get well.

On January 25, 2014, UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State joined coaches from across the country in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. The Corsair and Panther coaching staffs wore sneakers with their game attire instead of their traditional dress shoes. Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It's a visual reminder that prevention is key when it comes to blocking cancer before it takes center court in our lives.

The men's basketball team created a second Cancer Awareness Day to broaden their reach to the entire UMass Dartmouth student body. This is the first weekend the UMD student body is back on campus. Come out and support the fight against cancer by cheering for the UMass Dartmouth men's and women's basketball teams.

Prior to the men's contest, the women's basketball team will host the Colonials in a Little East matchup beginning at 1 p.m.

COACHES vs. CANCER

For more than 20 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has worked with coaches and their fans across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide. The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans, and the community at large.