Sports event partnership to help raise cancer awareness

02/10/2011

GREEN BAY – Bellin Health has partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball program and Broadway Automotive to help raise overall awareness of cancer issues and generate assistance funds for patients incurring challenging expenses while undergoing treatment against the disease.

Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Brian Wardle, Butler University men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens and Dr. Thomas Boyd of Bellin Health will host a game day breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 15 focusing on cancer prevention and screenings. The two men’s teams will play later that day during the 7 p.m. Coaches vs. Cancer game.

Coaches vs. Cancer – a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches – empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy.

Tickets for the breakfast event are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Green Bay athletics department at (920) 465-2145. Tickets for the Coaches vs. Cancer game against Butler can be purchased by calling TicketStar at (920) 494-3401.

The Green Bay women’s basketball team will participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative to fight breast cancer. Green Bay’s Pink Zone game against Butler University is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Kress Center on the UW-Green Bay campus.

The Pink Zone is a unified effort by the Coaches Association to assist in raising breast cancer awareness through a series of games in February.

Cancer survivors and those receiving treatment are invited to attend the Green Bay Phoenix Pink Zone game where they will receive a free game ticket and a commemorative Pink Zone or Coaches vs. Cancer T-shirt. Survivors should contact the Green Bay Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625 for their complimentary ticket.

For more information about the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative to fight breast cancer or the game day breakfast event, please call the Green Bay Ticket Office at (920) 465-2625 or visit www.greenbayphoenix.com.