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Lyon College basketball joins fight against cancer

The Lyon College men and women’s basketball teams are doing their part in the fight against cancer. Both squads and their coaches are participating in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) effort to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds in the 2018 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness games on Saturday against Harris-Stowe at Becknell Gymnasium.

The Lyon coaching staffs – led by Chad Tapp and Tracy Stewart-Lange – along with Harris-Stowe coaches, Brion Dunlap and Chris Harris, will swap their dress shoes for sneakers to wear with their usual game attire during their American Midwest Conference games. The 13th-ranked Lyon women will take on the Hornets at 1 p.m., while the Scots’ men’s team will face the Hornets at 3 p.m.

Fans will have an opportunity to donate to this worthy cause during the Scots’ basketball doubleheader on Thursday night against Lindenwood University-Belleville. During Thursday night’s doubleheader, a donation jar will be placed at the main entrance gate for those who would like to make a donation. The Lyon College women’s team will open up the doubleheader against the No. 21 Lynx at 5:30 p.m., with the men set to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

And between 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., today through Friday, Lyon faculty, staff and fans of the Lyon College basketball teams can go by the Lyon Athletics Administration Building on College Street and make a donation to honor someone they know or support the cause. For every one dollar donated an individual will receive a Coaches vs. Cancer sneaker image and can write in the name of the person they are honoring – or their own name if they simply want to show their support.

Then, on Saturday, these images will be displayed in Becknell Gymnasium to show support to fans in attendance of the games. Fans at the games will also have an opportunity to give. A donation jar will once again be available during Saturday’s doubleheader. In addition, members of the Lyon College community will pass around buckets at halftime of each game to give fans in attendance another opportunity to donate to these worthy causes.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

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