Jan. 23, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston men's basketball head coach James Dickey and his staff will sport a different look this weekend when their Cougars play host to Conference USA rival UTEP at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
As members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Dickey and his staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during this weekend's contest as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. This is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC.
Participating NABC coaches will demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Cougar Basketball fans are encouraged to wear sneakers to the game to show their support. Fans also can show their support by texting COACH to 20222 from a wireless phone to make a $5 donation to Coaches vs. Cancer
By lacing up sneakers with their suits, college and high school basketball coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk.
Through the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $70 million since 1993 to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets are available now.