February 2, 2009

Mercy College Men’s Basketball Staff Laces Up in Support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend

Monday, February 2, 2009


Mercy College Men's Basketball Staff Laces Up in Support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend

(L-R) Asst. Coach Eric Powe, Head
Coach Tony Staffiere, Asst. Coach
Adam Parmenter

DOBBS FERRY, NY - In a display of support for Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, the Mercy College men's basketball staff sported sneakers on the sidelines for its game against Molloy College on Saturday.

Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend is a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society. Participating NABC-member college men's basketball coaches, including Head Coach Tony Staffiere and Assistant Coaches Eric Powe and Adam Parmenter wore sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.

"This weekend is a special time of year to raise awareness for cancer research," Staffiere said. "Coaches around the country are trading their loafers for sneakers to bring attention to our battle against this horrible disease. Many of us have been affected directly by cancer.  Personally in the last decade I have lost several family members and a close friend to cancer. This is one of the many ways we try to honor those we have lost and are currently fighting the disease."

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or diagnose it early.  This helps people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight. The NABC invests in research that yields groundbreaking discoveries into cancer's causes and cures and helps pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy.

"The NABC has done a tremendous job with events such as this one at all levels to raise awareness of all forms of cancer and those afflicted with the disease," Staffiere said.

To learn more, visit www.cancer.org/coaches or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a New York metropolitan area college of over 9,000 students studying at five campus locations including: Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, White Plains, and Yorktown Heights.  With over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs, Mercy College offers a quality liberal arts and education within its five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Mercy College also offers competitive financial support, making college affordable.  The Mercy College faculty is dedicated to the scholarship of teaching.  Mercy College professors include Fulbright Scholars, published authors and national authorities in their fields.