By Madison Krupp
Photography: Ben Petchel

American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer has been raising funds since 1993, totaling $87 million nationwide. Locally, the eighth annual event featured cocktails, university-style entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions at Heinz Field. “It was a great night to get together to show our support in the fight against cancer,” says Suzie McConnell-Serio, head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team. The evening raised $114,000 to benefit the fight against cancer, as well as increase public awareness on prevention, early detection, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Special guest Jay Bilas — an ESPN college basketball analyst, former Duke player and coach, and national board advisor for Coaches vs. Cancer — added to the importance of the event by giving an emotional speech. John Rhodes, assistant coach of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team, who recently received a cancer diagnosis, also spoke to the crowd of over 300 guests, which included all six of Pittsburgh’s D1 college basketball coaches. “Fundraising for cancer is something that is extremely important,” says Andrew Toole, head coach of the Robert Morris University men’s basketball team. “Through the game of basketball is how we have always brought people together as coaches and this event is another example of that.”

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