AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference and the North Coast Athletic Conference will be partnering to raise funds and awareness of cancer during Suits and Sneakers Week to honor Capital University head coach Damon Goodwin.
The week of Jan. 25-30 marks the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Suits and Sneakers Week, which promotes cancer awareness and raises funds for research. This week-long event is part of a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NABC called Coaches vs. Cancer.
As a part of the NABC's efforts, members of the OAC and NCAC will team up to raise funds in the name of Capital head coach Damon Goodwin, who is battling leukemia. The funds raised during that six-day span will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS), in his name.
Capital will contribute to the cause during its men's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Crusaders will host the Fightin' Quakers of Wilmington College and tip things off at 7 p.m.
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to make a donation and in exchange fill out a Coaches vs. Cancer pledge card to help build a Wall of Hope inside The Capital Center. Pledge cards will be available at the admissions table in the lobby and donations will go to the ACS. Guests are asked to keep their cards until halftime when a recognition ceremony will occur after the players clear the court, and then a collection of cards will occur so the construction of the Wall of Hope can begin.
Capital University and Capital Athletics will also be donating 50 percent of the money collected for game admission to the LLS. During the game, Interim Head Coach Andy Winters and his staff will be sporting sneakers and orange ties in support of Suits and Sneakers Week.
In addition, OAC and NCAC coaches will be wearing orange ties and sneakers on Saturday, Jan. 30. Capital is playing at the University of Mount Union on this day. All of this is being done as a show of support for Coach Goodwin, his family and the cause.
All donations are tax deductible and go to support ACS and LLS research, patient services, advocacy, education, and community services. Please visit lls.org or cancer.org to for more information and to donate online.