C.B. McGrath, men’s basketball staff break out sneakers for charity

Coach C.B. McGrath and his staff will wear sneakers during their games against JMU and William & Mary to raise cancer awareness. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – C.B. McGrath and his UNCW men’s basketball coaching staff will be going casual at this week’s two games to bring awareness to fighting cancer through the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers® event.

The first-year UNCW skipper and his club faces James Madison on Thursday (Jan. 25) and William & Mary on Saturday (Jan. 27) in designated games for the Suits and Sneakers Week. The coaches for all three teams will be wearing sneakers to showcase the battle against cancer.

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“We’re very familiar with the Suits and Sneakers program and are honored to be invited to be part of it,” said McGrath. “It’s for a great cause. So many people are affected on a daily basis by this terrible disease and this is just a small way that we can bring awareness and help raise money to fight cancer.”

Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers® Week is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer. While coaching games during the week, coaches will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one’s cancer risk.

A new part of the week-long program this year is an online auction hosted by eBay, featuring sneakers and Coaches vs. Cancer ties signed by college basketball coaches. Click here for auction information.

In addition, exclusive Coaches vs. Cancer ties will be available at all Vineyard Vines stores and online, in addition to Princess Lacey’s Laces, which will be available in all Shoe Carnival stores and online, while supplies last.

For the past 25 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program, in collaboration with the NABC, has united coaches and fans nationwide to help the American Cancer Society defeat a common enemy – cancer. Through fundraising and education initiatives, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has supported the American Cancer Society in improving and saving lives from cancer in the United States and worldwide