Self, Weber, Marshall unite to help fight cancer

COURTESY: American Cancer Society

Kansas head coach Bill Self, Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, Missouri head coach Frank Haith and UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson as well as legendary Missouri head coach Norm Stewart will team up on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the American Cancer Society’s sixth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Coaches vs. Cancer, as the event will play tribute to contributions made by cancer survivor and Coaches vs. Cancer Founding Father Stewart and his wife, Virginia. The event will be emceed by NFL, NBA and college basketball announcer Kevin Harlan.

The five coaches will participate in a media panel discussion from 4:30-5 p.m., where they will discuss their respective team’s outlooks for the upcoming season. A VIP reception will follow from 5-6 p.m., before the program begins at 6 p.m. on the vintage wooden floor at historic Municipal Auditorium. Fans will have the opportunity to chat with the coaches and bid on auction items to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The cost is $100 per person, which includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres. Fans may also purchase a VIP ticket for $250 per person, which includes admission to the VIP reception as well as the main event. Tickets may be purchased online at Proceeds from the evening will directly fund the Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Through this program, coaches host or participate in a variety of activities and involve their community to help battle the disease. From formal galas to halftime shoot-outs, there are many opportunities for coaches to increase cancer awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

For more information about the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff, contact Stephanie Weiter at (785) 438-5609 or or go to For cancer information 24/7, go to or call (800) ACS-2345.

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