Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber calls out a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against TCU, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas State won 67-54. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber will join four other area coaches on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the American Cancer Society’s sixth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.
Weber will be joined at the reception by Missouri head coach Frank Haith, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson, Kansas head coach Bill Self as well as legendary Missouri head coach Norm Stewart. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Coaches vs. Cancer, as the event will play tribute to contributions made by cancer survivor and Coaches vs. Cancer Founding Father, Stewart and his wife, Virginia. The event will be emceed by NFL, NBA and college basketball announcer Kevin Harlan.
The five coaches will be involved in a media panel discussion from 4:30-5 p.m., where they will discuss their respective team’s outlooks for the upcoming season. A VIP reception will follow from 5-6 p.m., before the program begins at 6 p.m. on the vintage wooden floor at historic Municipal Auditorium. Fans will have the opportunity to chat with the coaches and bid on auction items to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The cost is $100 per person, which includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres. Fans can also purchase a VIP ticket for $250 per person, which includes admission to the VIP reception as well as the main event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.KCSeasonTipOff.org. Proceeds from the evening will directly fund the Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.
In addition to involvement by Weber, K-State alumnus John Allen and his wife, Anna, will serve as one of four honorary chairs of the event. Allen is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds. Former basketball player Ed Elder is one of four sponsorship leads and a member of the planning committee for the event. Elder played for the Wildcats from 1981-85.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Weber has been a long supporter of Coaches vs. Cancer, currently serving on the organization’s Council, and was the recipient of the 2007 Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award.