Men's Basketball to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer Open Practice on Friday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/20/2004
Local college hoops fans will get a sneak peek at their favorite teams Friday, November 12, as part of the annual American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Open Practice. The men's basketball teams from Saint Joseph's, Temple, Penn, Drexel, La Salle and Villanova will take to the court of the famed Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania to give fans an up-close look at their team before the season starts.

Each team will hold a practice featuring drills, special plays and coaching tips. At the conclusion of each practice, coaches such as Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli and Temple's John Chaney, along with their players, will be available to meet fans and sign autographs.

The fun-filled evening will include Y100's CaseyBoy playing music and giving out prizes for three-point contests, free-throw shoot-outs, and raffles. Area high school coaches are invited to a reception in the Class of '71 room during the event to learn more about Coaches vs. Cancer and how they can join in the fight.

Admission to the Open Practice is free, however donations are encouraged. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society's Camp Can-Do, a camp where children with cancer have the opportunity to laugh, play, and for at least one week, be a kid. The American Cancer Society offers Camp Can-Do at no charge to campers.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the practices begin at 6:00 p.m. with Temple and Villanova. Drexel and La Salle follow at 7:00 p.m. with Penn and Saint Joseph's taking the court at 8:00 p.m.

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 awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs. Coaches vs. Cancer provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the Society's lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.