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Hoosier Coaches Wear Sneakers for Cancer Awareness

January 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 coaches across Indiana will be taking a stand against cancer by wearing sneakers on game nights through February as part of the American Cancer Society's "Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Initiative."

Butch Zike, athletic director for Whiteland Community High School, says teachers in his district also take part in a variety of fund-raising activities.

"Teachers will be able to pay five dollars - on the Wednesday, January 25th - to wear jeans to school. And that usually brings in a little over a thousand dollars."

The fund-raising efforts include everything from taking three-point shots to cheerleaders collecting donations, he says. He sees Coaches Versus Cancer as a great teaching tool as well as a fund-raiser.

"It's a way for our kids to understand the importance of giving something back to the community; a little bit of a philanthropy lesson. And I just think that, you know, we're all in this together to try to find a cure for this disease."

Zike says he'll be making a donation in memory of his mother, who died from pancreatic cancer.

Kimberly Williams, with the American Cancer Society, oversees Indiana's Coaches Versus Cancer initiative in collaboration with the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. She says each school chooses the way they participate and raise funds.

"Three point shoot-outs; they will do silent auctions - I mean, it just kinda depends on how involved the school is with it. But, you know, no effort is too small and every dollar that we get really does make a difference. We just encourage schools to find out what works for them."

Williams says schools can call her to get involved, at (317) 344-7807.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN