COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's basketball teams will help celebrate Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), on Saturday, while the women will also host their annual Camper Appreciation Day. The women play at 1:30 p.m., and the men at 3:30 p.m.
During their contests against The College of Saint Rose, both coaching staffs will don sneakers while dressed in their familiar game attire. The Purple Knight women will wear special warm-up shirts, and during their contest, fans will get a chance to snag additional purple tie-dyed T-shirts that are tossed into the stands. Representatives from the American Cancer Society are slated to be present to provide information and support, help create awareness, and accept donations toward research.
When the Purple Knight women host the Golden Knights, any camper who attended the women's basketball team's camp last summer or a skills clinic this past fall is eligible for free admission, and as many as four can gain entry with a ticketed adult. To have your camper eligible for free admittance and placed on the gate list, please contact assistant coach Shannon Kynoch via e-mail or at (802) 654-2503. Following the contest, campers will have an opportunity to receive signed team posters from their favorite Purple Knight players.
Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the American Cancer Society by encouraging coaching staffs to wear sneakers with their normal dress clothing to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. According to the NABC, 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.