The University of Kansas Basketball Coaches Bill Self and Bonnie
Henrickson will tip off this year’s season of the American Cancer Society’s
Coaches vs. Cancer program on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Maceli’s,
1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence. The Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Reception
includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a silent auction, and remarks by
both coaches about the upcoming Jayhawk basketball season.
The auction includes a piece of the Allen Fieldhouse floor, signed
basketballs from both the men’s and women’s teams, and autographed photos.
Each attendee will also receive a commemorative gift.
Coach Self hopes he, his players and coaches can help make a
difference in the fight against cancer. “When cancer strikes, it affects us
all,” says Coach Self. “Similar to an unstoppable offense, no one is immune
to its strength. I want to end this suffering and defeat this tyrant.
That’s why I’ve volunteered with the American Cancer Society in its Coaches
vs. Cancer program. Now I am able to fight back by raising funds for cancer
research, education, advocacy and patient services. Together, we can
outscore this opponent and win.”
Tickets to the event are $50 per person to benefit the American
Cancer Society. Space is limited and reservations must be made by Sept. 28,
by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-359-1025 or email
The University of Kansas Basketball Teams will also be scoring points
in the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs.
Cancer Three-Point Attack, a pledge program for college basketball fans.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations can pledge a certain amount for
each three-point basket their teams make during the regular season. Fan
contributions assist the programs of the American Cancer Society.
“Cancer. The word alone creates anxiety and fear in the minds of
many people. It can be devastating to those diagnosed with this disease and
their family and friends who suffer along with them. As coaches and
volunteers for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, we understand the concept of
persistence and teamwork. We believe that’s what it will take to fight and
defeat this disease,” says Coach Henrickson.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program has played an important part in
promoting the mission of the American Cancer Society for 13 years. Coaches
vs. Cancer is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the
National Association of Basketball Coaches. The program leverages the
personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of
our country’s basketball coaches to raise funds for the American Cancer
Society and reduce cancer risk through education programs. Since its
inception in 1993, more than 500 coaches have raised more than $30 million
through the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
For more information about cancer or the Coaches vs. Cancer program,
call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or
visit their Web site at www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based,
voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major
health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing
suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.