By Samantha Cypher, media relations intern
While the Idaho Vandals and Utah State Aggies look to face each other in Wednesday's game, both teams and their coaches hope to fight a common rival, cancer.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide effort that unites coaches and teams around the country with the common goal of assisting all those, and their families, that are facing cancer. Sponsored by Inland Cellular, and in partnership with Relay for Life and BeLIEVE, Vandal Athletics ask you for help in raising money for the cure.
The University of Idaho Bookstore is selling "BeLIEVE" t-shirts for $10 with all proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. All fans that wear the "BeLIEVE" t-shirts to the game will have a portion of their admission donated to Relay for Life.
"It's a huge night. We're celebrating Coaches vs. Cancer," Idaho head coach Don Verlin said. "Coach Morrill and I will have all our players in BeLIEVE shirts, our staff will be in them, and it's a tribute to raise money for cancer research."
Both Idaho and Utah State will be showing their support by wearing "BeLIEVE" t-shirts during pregame and on the bench during the game. Please show your support of Coaches vs. Cancer by buying and wearing a "BeLIEVE" t-shirt the ESPN2-televised "Coaches vs. Cancer Game" Feb. 9, in the Cowan Spectrum at 8 p.m.
That's not all, because on Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., the Idaho women's basketball team will show its support in the fight against cancer at its game against Nevada. Sponsored by Relay for Life, the Vandals will take part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative.
Over the past four years, the WBCA Pink Zone program has raised nearly $3.3 million, reached almost 2.7 million fans, and has unified more than 4,700 participants. This program has provided a phenomenal amount of awareness for breast cancer, as well as a significant amount of donations for women's cancer research. This is the fourth season that the Vandals have participated with the WBCA initiative event.
During pregame and on the bench, the Vandals will be showing their support by wearing "BeLIEVE" t-shirts. All fans who wear their "BeLIEVE" t-shirts will not only receive free admission to the game but their sales will assist the BeLIEVE program's fight against cancer.
Last year's "BELIEVE" t-shirt campaign earned more than $30,000 for the fight against cancer. Program founder Sarah Michaelson said she believes more can be achieved this year by the assistance of students and community members.
"My hope is that everyone, no matter your school affiliation or location, will be wearing a BeLIEVE t-shirt and stand united in the fight against this terrible disease ", said Sarah Michaelson, founder of BeLIEVE.
Come and show support to your Idaho Vandals on both Feb. 9, and 17, as they strive to make a difference, not only on the court, but in the battle against cancer.