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Coaches vs. Cancer event returns Feb. 7

After a five-year hiatus, West Seneca’s modified basketball coaches will bring back Coaches vs. Cancer for a double header Friday, Feb. 7 at West Middle School, 395 Center Road, benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The event will feature East Middle vs. West Middle in a boys game at 4:30 p.m. and a girls game at 6:15 p.m. During game timeouts and halftimes, a basketball shootout contest for prizes will take place. Concessions will be available for purchase in the main lobby.

Tickets are $2 and available at both middle schools prior to the event.

Past years have drawn crowds of more than 500 spectators eager to support the cause. The event has raised almost $10,000 for the V Foundation, honoring the late Jim Valvano.

Nicknamed Jimmy V, Valvano was an American college basketball player, coach and broadcaster. He is most remembered for his work as a college basketball coach. Valvano was a NCAA head coach for 19 seasons with a 346-210 record. During his tenure, he appeared in eight NCAA tournaments and won a national championship with North Carolina State University in 1983. Twice he was voted ACC Coach of the Year.

In June of 1992, Valvano was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He returned to ESPN as a commentator in November that year and in March 1993, received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the first ESPY Awards ceremony. During his acceptance speech, Valvano announced the formation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Valvano died in April 1993.

Rob Lares, guidance counselor at West Middle School and former girls basketball coach, is bringing Coaches vs. Cancer back this year in coordination with Jason Overton and Ryan Colbert, East Middle boys and girls coaches.


More about the V Foundation for Cancer Research:

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.