Pittsburgh Sports Now is excited to announce a new collaboration with the American Cancer Society. We’ve partnered with the organization as part of their Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary nationally, Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and the professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.
Since 1993, coaches have raised over $110 million for the American Cancer Society.
Locally, the Society hosts an annual gala at Heinz Field, “Tip Off Madness”, which is in its 11th year. This years event will take place on Tuesday, October 9th. The event brings together all of Pittsburgh’s D-1 basketball coaches in the fight against cancer right here in the region. Funds raised help support rides to treatment for patients, overnight and extended lodging for patients and their caregivers and important cancer research. As the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research, the Society is currently funding $6 million in research grants in Pittsburgh.
Past special guests have included John Calipari (2013), George Karl (2014), Jay Bilas (2015), Bruiser Flint (2016) and Sean Miller (2017). This year, the special guest will be newly enshrined Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill.
The two-time NCAA national champion and seven-time NBA All-Star will be on hand to mingle with guests and will give an encouraging speech over the course of the evening.
Other highlights of the evening will include a mission moment focusing on pediatric cancer and research, live and silent auctions, a Golden Ticket Raffle, Wine Basketball raffle, an exclusive VIP hour and much more.
Join us, Pittsburgh’s college basketball coaches (Jeff Capel, Lance White, Keith Dambrot, Dan Burt, Andy Toole and Charlie Buscaglia), the American Cancer Society and Grant Hill on Tuesday, October 9 at Heinz Field. Tickets are available at www.cvcpittsburgh.org or by calling 412-919-1100.