Trio of teams holding fundraisers on Saturday, women's hoops also hosting campers

Trio of teams holding fundraisers on Saturday, women's hoops also hosting campers

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's basketball and women's ice hockey teams will all host fundraisers to benefit cancer research during their home games this coming Saturday. Women's basketball is also slated to host its annual Camper Appreciation Day that afternoon.

Women's ice hockey holds its annual Pink The Rink event when it opposes the College of the Holy Cross at 1 p.m. at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. All proceeds from Pink The Rink will benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). During the game, the Purple Knights will don pink jerseys and laces to show their support for those afflicted by cancer, while gift baskets with prizes from local businesses will be raffled off. Donations will also be accepted at the rink, but to donate online, please visit cancer.org. The women's ice hockey team would like to thank Ben & Jerry's, Fleet Feet Sports, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Leunig's Bistro, New Moon Cafe, Saratoga Olive Oil, Sweetwaters, Tradewinds Imports and the Saint Michael's Bookstore for donating items to the raffle.

In Ross Sports Center, the basketball teams are holding a Coaches vs. Cancer event when they take on American International College, as they look to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living. The women play at 1:30 p.m. before the men tip off at 3:30 p.m. During their contests, Saint Michael's and AIC coaching staffs will wear sneakers while dressed in their familiar game attire in conjunction with the Jan. 25-31 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Awareness Week. Fans will be able to make donations to the ACS during the afternoon.

As part of the women's basketball program's Camper Appreciation Day, 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 for Saturday's game, please contact head coach Shannon Kynoch at skynoch@smcvt.edu or (802) 654-2503. Campers are encouraged to wear their camp T-shirt to the game. Following the contest, campers will have an opportunity to receive signed team posters from their favorite Purple Knights.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans, and the community at large. Participating coaches have helped raise more than $93 million since 1993 to help the ACS save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the ACS 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. For more information about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit coachesvscancer.org, or to donate directly to the ACS, visit cancer.org.