FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) players and coaches are taking on cancer – one 3-pointer at a time.
The Mott Bears Men’s Basketball team will attempt to raise $5,000 by scoring 50 3-pointers from Feb. 1 to March 1 (a total of 9 games) to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society as a part of the national Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.
“The Mott Bears 3-Point Challenge is a great way for our players and coaching staff to get involved in an important community service project,” said Steve Schmidt, MCC Men’s Basketball Coach. “We’re confident our players can reach the goal set for us by the Coaches vs. Cancer program because we have an outstanding team this year,” he added.
The Mott Bears are the first Community College in Michigan to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.
The Bears are asking you to support the Coaches vs. Cancer with a pledge for every 3-pointer they score. Go to http:// pledgeit.org/cvc-mott to make a one-time pledge or make a pledge based on every 3-pointer the Bears score. The points will be tallied after the Bears’ March 1 game. Pledges made on the basis of the number of 3-pointers will be charged to your credit card after the final tally.
More than 20 years ago, Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, provided the vision and inspiration to create Coaches vs. Cancer. He challenged fans to pledge a dollar amount for every 3-Point shot made by his team during the season. The concept, then called the 3-Point Attack, evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country to assist in the fight against cancer.
Today, Coaches vs. Cancer is thrilled to announce the return of the program nationwide, now called the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can join the campaign and be part of the excitement and donate for every 3-point shot made. Teams can be matched up against their rival schools to see who can raise the most funds from their 3-point shots, and fans can follow the leaderboard to see who will become the 3-Point Challenge Champion.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through yearround awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.
Since 1993, coaches have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society. — G.G.