Donations to American Cancer Society taken at basketball game

Donations to American Cancer Society taken at basketball game

In lieu of entrance fees to the Maryville College Feb. 16 basketball games, donations to the American Cancer Society will be collected at the door.

Athletic Director Randy Lambert is asking fans to give in support of "Coaches vs. Cancer," a partnership of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

During halftime of the men's game between the Fighting Scots and the Panthers of LaGrange College, Dr. Jerilyn Swann, assistant professor of biology at Maryville College, will be recognized as a cancer survivor. Learn more about Dr. Swann's story at the Maryville Daily Times web site.

The Lady Scots take on the LaGrange College women's team at 2 p.m. in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium of Cooper Athletic Center. The men's game follows at 4 p.m.

Founded in 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer has united more than 500 coaches who have helped raise more than $12 million nationwide for the ACS. The partnership is dedicated to defeating cancer by using contributions to fund cancer research, education, advocacy and services of the ACS.

"Our goal this season is reaching out to more people and informing them that the American Cancer Society is a valuable resource in the fight against cancer," said Jim Satalin, director of Coaches vs. Cancer. "Coaches vs. Cancer is not just about fundraising. It also educates people that the ACS can take care of their most basic needs concerning cancer issues: providing current cancer information, access to local services and compassion."

For more information or to make a pledge to Coaches vs. Cancer, fans can contact 1-800-ACS-2345.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.