In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will lead a Walk for the Cure at the conclusion of Cherry and White Night Friday to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
Cherry and White Night begins at 7 p.m. in McGonigle Hall and it features scrimmages by both basketball teams. Also, students can pick up their tickets to the Penn State/Temple football game at the event. Admission to the event is free.
The Walk for the Cure begins immediately after Cherry and White Night. Temple is one of three schools selected to participate in the Walk for the Cure. Saint Joseph’s and Syracuse are the others.
The walk will tour campus and end at an undisclosed location, where players and coaches will speak about why it is important to be aware, get involved and donate to cancer research.
“For me personally, I am deeply involved in Coaches vs. Cancer and this is another way for us to raise money to help prevent this illness,” men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy said. “But more importantly than the money, we also hope to raise awareness on this deadly illness.”
Dunphy has been coaching in Philadelphia for the last 23 years and serves as the National Chairman of Coaches vs. Cancer.
Being involved helps Dunphy stay aware of the dangers cancer can have on people and their families.
“We are just trying to get as many people behind us as we can,” Dunphy said. “Cancer affects so many people daily and we need to do whatever we can to help prevent this illness.”
Dunphy also said the focus of the walk is not on the money it will raise.
“We just want to get people informed,” said Dunphy.
As an added incentive, the first 400 people to participate in the walk and give a donation will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
Along with the walk, the athletic department is helping raise money and awareness by selling T-shirts during the month of October. T-shirts can be purchased for $10 at the Temple Athletic Office, located at 1700 N. Broad St. on the fourth floor. They come in black and pink. Sizes run from small to extra large.
“I think the shirts are a good way to give back to a good cause,” said Scott Walcoff, assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions.
Walcoff said the idea for the T-shirts was a joint effort.
“Football coach Al Golden wanted to get behind something to help,” Walcoff said. “Other than the shirts, a portion of the ticket sales for this week’s game against Miami (Ohio) will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.”
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