Jan. 26, 2010
HOUSTON - Fans checking out the Houston coaching staff's sideline attire this weekend should not be surprised by what they see. The coaches did not experience complications in their closets when selecting their weekend wardrobe.
As members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, head coach Tom Penders and his coaching staff will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during Saturday's game as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. This is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC.
By doing this, participating NABC coaches will demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world without cancer.
Cougar Basketball fans also are encouraged to wear sneakers to the game to show their support.
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 $55 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.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Conference USA-rival Marshall at 5 p.m., Saturday. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's team, which face C-USA rival SMU at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Fans should note that the starting time for Saturday's women's game recently was pushed back an hour.
From there, the team hits the road to meet UTEP for the second time this season at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas at 9 p.m. (CST)/8 p.m. (MST), Feb. 3. The Cougars claimed a 75-65 win on Jan. 13 in Hofheinz Pavilion, the biggest victory for either squad in the previous 10 contests.
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 and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.