Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Set for Oct. 12

Frank Martin will join three other area coaches at the College Basketball Experience on Oct. 12.

Oct. 10, 2010

Fans are already gearing up for basketball season, and will get a chance to hear their favorite coach before the season tips-off. Coaches from the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and University of Missouri-Kansas City will have a chance to tell their avid fans all about the 2010-2011 seasons. 


Although Coaches Self, Anderson, Martin, and Brown usually compete against each other, they'll first team up at the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff on October 12, to raise awareness about cancer prevention and promote early detection. Fans of the schools are invited to attend the Season Tipoff at the College Basketball Experience, 1401 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Attendees will be able to experience the hall of fame, take part in some of the activities, and raise funds to create a world with more birthdays and less cancer.


Tickets are $50 per person, and are available at or at the door. Proceeds from the evening will directly fund the Society's mission of eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services.


Today, more than 2,000 Division I, II and III college coaches are involved in the program, having raised nearly $50 million to support the American Cancer Society's mission to help people stay well, to get well, to find cures and to fight back. Missouri's Norm Stewart, a cancer survivor, championed the cause with the first program in 1993 by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three points his team made during the season.


Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round outreach efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.


For more information about the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff, contact Jonnae Barber at 816.218.7278 or


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 more than $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