The inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia Preseason Luncheon will be held next Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken, Pa. Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint will be among the six Philly-area Division I coaches that will be featured in the event that is intended to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
Other coaches headlining the event will be Phil Martelli (St. Joseph’s), Fran Dunphy (Temple), Jerome Allen ( Penn), John Giannini (La Salle), and Jay Wright (Villanova). Coaches vs. Cancer supporters, basketball fanatics and the Philadelphia community will unite at the Pub. The luncheon gives the opportunity for attendees to hear the coaches’ predictions and opinions before the college basketball season begins. The coaches will also speak about season schedules, conference rivalries and anticipated matchups. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s work to save cancer patients.
Martelli is the Coaches vs. Cancer National Chair and is excited for what the luncheon will provide.
“The event is a great way to get back into the college basketball spirit and launch the upcoming season, all while continuing our work to eliminate this horrible disease,” said Martelli. ”Here in Philadelphia, we are deeply committed to this initiative and look to raise the bar every year.”
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide bond between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches with the goal of getting everyone to fight cancer. The six D-I coaches in Philadelphia lead the most successful Coaches vs. Cancer program in the nation, having raised close to $8 million since 1996. The national program has raised over $70 million since its start in 1993.
Other Coaches vs. Cancer held in Philadelphia will be the Tourney Tip-off Breakfast on Mar. 18, 2013 and the BasketBall on April 13. The luncheon will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.