AFTON — Weather permitting, Afton will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer program Tuesday night when it hosts Quapaw in Lucky 7 Conference play.
“So many people are affected by cancer,” said Afton girls’ coach Ike Mustain, who has helped spearhead the local effort.
Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from a concept championed by former Missouri men’s coach Norm Stewart, a cancer survivor and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
He started the program by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three points made by his team during the season.
Afton’s girls will wear pink shoelaces, sweatbands and headbands and Mustain said the Quapaw girls were planning to do their part, also.
Cancer survivors will be recognized at some point during the evening, Mustain said.
Donations which will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society also will be accepted, Mustain said.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
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.
More than 2,000 NCAA Division I, II, and III college coaches are involved in the program. Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society.
Among those on the Coaches vs. Cancer Council are Stewart, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (also a cancer survivor), Roy Williams of North Carolina and former University of Tulsa coach Tubby Smith, now at Minnesota.
Mustain said the event likely would be rescheduled if weather forces a postponement of Tuesday’s games.