Bill Self to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tip-Off Function Oct. 6

Sept. 25, 2009

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will join area college coaches at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, on Oct. 6 as they discuss their team’s outlook for the upcoming season, host a silent auction and help raise funds to fight cancer!

Self and the head basketball coaches from the University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas State University will tip-off their season with a Coaches vs. CancerĀ® Cocktail Reception – including a special appearance by former Missouri head coach and cancer survivor Norm Stewart.

This second annual Kansas/Missouri joint Coaches vs. Cancer kick-off event will be Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the College Basketball Experience in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, 1401 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Coaches’ presentations will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. and include remarks from Coaches vs. Cancer founding father Stewart as well Coaches Bill Self, Mike Anderson, Matt Brown and Frank Martin.

“As a cancer survivor, I encourage people to get appropriate screening tests and talk to their doctors about cancer risks,” explains Coach Stewart. “Thousands of lives could be saved each year if three groups – people over 50 years of age, people with a family history and people with symptoms – would get a colonoscopy. Coaches vs. Cancer is a way for us to become involved and make people aware about the fight against this deadly disease. Meet your favorite Coach and have some fun at this event on Oct. 6th.”

The College Basketball Experience is a 41,500 square foot facility with two floors of unique and entertaining space, with hands-on basketball experience activities and the Hall of Fame. Coaches vs. Cancer attendees will enjoy several venues throughout the museum as well as these interactive options: Beat The Clock, Call The Highlights, Center Court, Clean The Glass, Get In The Zone, Kids Court, Make The Pass, Shoot From Downtown and much more.

Coach Self hopes he, his players and coaches can help make a difference in the fight against cancer. “No one is immune to cancer’s offensive strength. That’s why I volunteer for the Coaches vs.Cancer Program,” Coach Self says. “The event on Oct. 6th is a great way to raise funds so, together, we can outscore cancer and win this battle.”

Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. A silent auction featuring sports collectibles and memorabilia will also be included in the evening’s festivities.

Adult tickets to the event are $75 per person and include refreshments, admission to the CBE interactive center and Hall of Fame, silent auction, coaches’ presentations and more. Minor tickets (under 21 years of age) are $50 each. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. To reserve tickets, call Stacie Schroeder at (785) 438-5607 or visit www.kcseasontipoff.org.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program has played an important part in promoting the mission of the American Cancer Society for 15 years. Coaches vs. Cancer is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of our country’s basketball coaches to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and reduce cancer risk through education programs. Since its inception in 1993, more than 500 coaches have raised more than $40 million through the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Missouri’s own Norm Stewart, a cancer survivor, championed the cause with the first program in 1993.

For more information about cancer or the Coaches vs. Cancer program, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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