Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (10/27/03)- The Saint Joseph's men's basketball team will join with the city's other five teams for the Coaches vs. Cancer "Philly Six Open Practice" on Saturday, November 1 at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Admission is free to the event, run by the American Cancer Society, but donations from fans will be accepted on behalf of the Philly Six school of their choice. Each team - Drexel, La Salle, Penn, Temple, Villanova and Saint Joseph's- will hold a 45-minute open practice that will include drills, special plays, coaching tips and a special "play of the day" demonstration. Coaches and players will also be available for autographs at the conclusion of each practice. The Saint Joseph's Hawks, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Phil Martelli, will take the floor from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. The Penn Quakers will begin the practice at 11:00, followed by Villanova at noon, La Salle at 1:00 p.m. After the Hawks are finished, Temple's session will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Drexel ending the day at 4:00 p.m. College basketball coaches nationwide have united with the American Cancer Society to beat cancer. Since its inception in 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over $16 million for cancer research, tobacco education and patient services for the American Cancer Society. Saint Joseph's opens the 2003-04 season in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 14. The Hawks, led by National Player of the Year candidate Jameer Nelson, will take on Gonzaga in a nationally-televised game at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.