BSU coaches to participate in Coaches vs. Cancer weekend
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, is slated for this weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 1).

Participating NABC-member college men’s basketball coaches, including Coach Matt Bowen and our Bemidji State University staff, will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during their Jan.30 and 31 games against Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and fight against cancer. To show your support of Coach Matt Bowen’s effort in the fight against cancer, we invite you to wear your sneakers to the game too.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer Participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or find it early, helping people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight investing in research that yields ground-breaking discoveries into cancer’s causes and cures and helping pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy.

“Suits and Sneakers weekend is a great way to bring awareness to a terrible disease that is some way or another has touched us all,” commented Head Coach Matt Bowen. “Along with the American Cancer Society and the NABC our staff wants to make everyone award that there is still work to be done in the fight against cancer.”

To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

Bemidji State (7-11; 5-6 NSIC) will take on Minnesota State on Friday, Jan. 30 and Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the BSU Gymnasium. Both games are set for 8 p.m. starts.

--Information Courtesy of National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)--