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Houston's 'Coaches Huddle' to Benefit Colon-Cancer Research


HOUSTON—The American Cancer Society is teaming up with Rice University and University of Houston men's basketball coaches Ben Braun and James Dickey to unite their basketball traditions with the fight against cancer. The 2011 Coaches' Huddle, sponsored by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, will happen on Friday, April 1, 2011, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The 2011 Coaches' Huddle is a unique opportunity that brings together community leaders, basketball fans and top college basketball coaches from across the country to have fun and raise funds in support of the American Cancer Society's comprehensive cancer fighting mission. The evening event will provide attendees with the opportunity to mingle with coaches, enjoy exceptional hors d'oeuvres, and bid on one-of-a kind silent and live auction items and sports memorabilia.

"The Coaches' Huddle is excited to honor Norm Stewart, legendary University of Missouri basketball coach and founding father of the Coaches vs. Cancer movement," said Ken Dennard, Coaches vs. Cancer national council representative. "While Stormin' Norman's on-the-court achievements are widely recognized, perhaps Norm's greatest battle and conquest was off the court, though his fight and victory against colon cancer in 1989."

The 2011 Coaches' Huddle benefits Coaches vs. Cancer®, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer. Since Coaches vs. Cancer's inception in 1993, high school and college coaches across the country have raised more than $65 million to help further the Society's vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Through their passion for the game and their promotion of healthy lifestyles, coaches have elevated cancer awareness at their schools, in their communities and throughout the nation, often emphasizing how the disease has touched them personally.

"The Final Four is coming to Houston, and that is reason to celebrate," said Coach Braun. "It's also a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society, so we've decided to do both by planning the 2011 Coaches' Huddle." 

Coaches' Huddle tickets may be purchased for $100 per person at or by calling Lorrie Hayes at (713) 706-5664. 

Source: The American Cancer Society

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