Northeast Ohio Colleges Team Up to Fight Cancer

Head Coach Jerry Slocum (Photo Courtesy of Ron Stevens)
Head Coach Jerry Slocum (Photo Courtesy of Ron Stevens)

The American Cancer Society is honored to announce that Kent State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University and The University of Akron have teamed up for in support of Coaches Vs Cancer®, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches established to provide critical mission outreach and financial resources in support of the Society's lifesaving efforts. On November 14, Kent State University will host the region's inaugural basketball doubleheader Coaches Vs Cancer game to support the American Cancer Society.

"Being able to participate in an event like this and to raise money to help fight cancer is truly an honor," YSU Head Coach Jerry Slocum said. "Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way and this event helps raise awareness and gives support to those who continue to battle this disease."

Kent State will match up with Youngstown State for the first game at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State and Akron will face off at 9 p.m. Tickets for this cancer fighting event at Kent State are available for purchase online at and at each University's ticket office.  Five dollars from each ticket will go to the American Cancer Society to help support cancer patients and their families.

"To see rivals on the court join forces to fight cancer is truly inspiring. The American Cancer Society is grateful for the leadership of the universities in uniting the community for this important cause. This event will be a fun, meaningful way to cheer on your favorite team," said Sarah Wells, Senior Director of Community Engagement, American Cancer Society.

The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy lifestyle choices through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.
The 2015 Coaches vs. Cancer Northeast Ohio Doubleheader will be the start of an annual basketball event hosted on a rotating basis at each school. Youngstown State will host in 2016, The University of Akron in 2017 and Cleveland State in 2018.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities to help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches have helped raise more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.
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