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Coaches vs. Cancer game Saturday at CU

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Community gameday events scheduled --
LEBANON -- Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan has announced community and gameday events for the remainder of the 2014-15 basketball season, including Upward basketball day, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game and a pair of events in association with Cumberland Student Life.

Cumberland men's basketball will participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) annual Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week on January 24 when the Bulldogs face Fisk University.

Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week is a nationwide event when basketball coaches across the country unite for a common cause - saving lives from cancer. Coaches and their staff are encouraged to wear sneakers with their suits while coaching games to:
• Raise awareness about the fight against cancer
• Share the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one's risk of the disease
• Promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, help and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Lebanon Upward Basketball League teams will receive free admission when players wear their jerseys to the January 31 doubleheader against the University of the Cumberlands. Players will take part in dribbling and passing activities during halftime of each contest. Upward Basketball is a ministry of Lebanon's First Baptist Church.

Cumberland Student Life and the Athletic Department will accept donations of laundry supplies (detergent, stain removers, color guard, dryer sheets, etc.) for the Next Step Resource Center in Lebanon at the February 12 contest against Shawnee State. Any brand and size will be accepted.

The Next Step Resource Center's mission is to assist the jobless, the homeless and the helpless, especially those released from jail and correctional institutions by providing access to resources for jobs, career and personal development; and supply clothing and other household items to help them reconnect to their community.

The annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association Play 4Kay game will also take place on Feb. 14 along with Senior Day for both Cumberland basketball teams. The Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $3.8 million to support women's cancer research.

Three women and four men's players - Tasia Blue, Layce Colter, Brittany Lawson, Josh Wilkerson, Jerrod Gaston, Moritz Dern and DeMario Frazier - will be honored between games of the doubleheader against Georgetown.

The University and Immanuel Baptist Church are teaming up at the final home game of the year on Feb. 26, with fans encouraged to bring a can of pork 'n' beans or saltine crackers to benefit the Wilson County Community Help Center in Lebanon. Both items are key staples in food boxes for the center. Ben Spicer, director at WCCHC, will be on hand to accept collections that evening.

The Wilson County Community Help Center is a faith-based non-profit agency that serves the county by providing a hand to residents in need, including food, clothing and coats as well as utility assistance, medical prescriptions, Ensure dietary supplements and a low-cost thrift shop that makes affordable a variety of household needs.

In partnership with many churches, corporate sponsors and private donations, Wilson County Community Help Center provided over 550 warm coats free of charge in 2014 as well as over 33,000 meals to over 2,200 individuals and families.

Events at Cumberland Basketball - Spring 2015
Jan. 24, 2/4 PM - Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week
Jan. 31, 2/4 PM - Lebanon Upward Basketball League Day/Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Sports Council Day
Feb. 12, 6/8 PM - Next Step Resource Center, accepting donations of laundry supplies
Feb. 14, 2/4 PM - Play4Kay/Senior Day
Feb. 26, 6/8 PM - Immanuel Baptist Church Day, pork 'n' beans and saltine crackers donations

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