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Basketball Coaches Stand Up to Cancer


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Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 26, 2017

By: Emily Anderson

Coaches vs. Cancer, a basketball clinic to be held on Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center Fieldhouse, will raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Jon Coffman, the basketball coach who brought Coaches vs. Cancer to Fort Wayne four years ago, has a particular interest in the battle versus cancer because he lost his mother to breast cancer just over 10 years ago.

Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, was formed to raise cancer awareness, promote healthy living, host advocacy programs, and inspire fundraising activities through basketball coaches and their communities.

Coffman said he sees the clinic as a way to combine his two passions of being involved in the Fort Wayne community and raising money for cancer research.

He said he feels that the city of Fort Wayne is heading in a great direction and desires to contribute to the betterment of the city by embracing the other coaches in the community.

Coffman, Indiana Tech basketball coach Ted Albert and Saint Francis basketball coach Chad LaCross have come together with Fort Wayne Mad Ants head coach Steve Gansey, who is participating in the clinic for the first time this year, to host this event.

Coffman said his intentions are to be able to bring all four local basketball teams together to work with young people and raise some money for something he has a passion for and he thinks everyone else understands and respects what American Cancer Society is doing with those funds.

Coffman said, “We talk all the time about starting every day with appreciation and also knowing that you’re part of something bigger than yourselves.”

He sees his team’s involvement as a way to give back to the community and to be able to be a mentor to young people while having a good time and being the face of the athletic department.

He said he sees value in the interaction with the kids in the community in order to not only recruit future Mastodons, but also to build within them a respect and a passion for their public university.

There will be free cancer education and awareness information available at this event, along with the coaches and players there to teach basic basketball skills and team-building activities.

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