January 22, 2013

Yale Coaches To Participate In 10th Annual Suits & Sneakers Weekend Saturday

Event Raises Awareness, Supports American Cancer Society

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - During his team's game against Brown this Saturday, James Jones, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, will be one of more than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States making an unusual fashion statement when he wears sneakers with his game attire to support the Coaches vs. Cancer® program during the 10th annual Suits & Sneakers weekend.

"I'm proud to play a role in raising awareness and funds in the battle against this horrific disease," Jones said. "The Suits & Sneakers weekend is an outstanding initiative to continue the fight to find a cure, and my staff and I are honored to participate."

In addition, the Yale Athletic Department will be raffling off a pair of items to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The first is a basketball signed by all member of the team, and the second are a pair of tickets to the Yale-Harvard game on Feb. 23.

By wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease. Additionally, this weekend helps promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, day-to-day help, and emotional support.

A collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Coaches vs. Cancer program brings coaches, teams and fans together to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society by empowering basketball and other athletic coaches to save lives from cancer by leveraging their community leadership to support the Society. The funds raised by coach Jones and others help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against this disease.

Fans will also be able to join the effort to support the American Cancer Society. By texting the word "Coach" to 20222 any time between Jan. 21 and April 9, fans can donate $5 to Coaches vs. Cancer – and when they do, they will be entered for a chance to win exclusive prizes, like a free trip to the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic or autographed items from a prestigious coach. Look for more information on cancer.org/coaches.

­Tipoff on Saturday at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity