Run by the American Cancer Society, the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign has raised over $50 million for research since its inception in 1993, according to its website.
Their most notable campaign probably comes from their work in the early-season tournament: the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which takes place annually in New York City. Notable and prominent programs across the country have competed in the tournament over the course of the past few years.
Last November, St. John’s was one of four participants who competed at Madison Square Garden. The Johnnies’ head coach Steve Lavin was forced to miss nearly all of last season while recovering from prostate cancer. Lavin will return to the sidelines in 2012-13.
Now for Oakland head coach, Greg Kampe.
Kampe, who has led the Grizzlies’ basketball program since 1984, prepares to help raise additional awareness through a 30-day, juice-only diet.
Kampe will begin his fast on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and is one of 2,000 NCAA coaches, ranging from all three divisions, that will take part in the campaign.
Oakland, who was a Division II program when Kampe took over in the mid-1980s, has helped build the program up for nearly three decades. Now a member of the Summit League, Oakland enters the 2012-13 season boasting four consecutive 20+ win seasons, two of which ended in the school’s first-ever trips to the NCAA Tournament (2010 & 2011).
Unfortunately, the team will move forward this season without Reggie Hamilton, whose 26.2 points per game last season was tops in the nation.
As for Kampe’s month of August, well he has one week until the campaign begins and when asked by a local Detroit-area news reporter, how much weight he expected to lose, Kampe joked, “What are you saying, I’m fat?”
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