FGCU, Belmont To Take Part In Coaches vs. CancerĀ® Weekend
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Both coaching staffs for Friday’s Atlantic Sun game between FGCU and Belmont will take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Each member of the coaching staff, led by FGCU head coach Dave Balza and Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, will walk their respective sideline wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes with their suits during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Friday’s game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET from the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tenn. FGCU fans can watch the Eagles live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

FGCU’s game against Belmont will be the CSS Game of the Week, continuing a stretch of nine consecutive seasons that the A-Sun has been featured on the station. CSS can be found on channel 70 for Comcast subscribers in Southwest Florida. For those outside the market, the game can also be watched on ESPN3.com, but is subject to blackout.

Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, which lasts from Jan. 28-30, brings together NABC members, American Cancer Society volunteers and business leaders from across the country to explore new and innovative ways to fund the fight against cancer and send the powerful message that the fight can be won.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans throughout the nation, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $60 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer 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. Additional information is available at coachesvscancer.org.

FGCU (5-13, 2-7) enters Friday’s tilt on a two-game win streak after pulling out a thrilling 111-103 triple-overtime win at Stetson on Tuesday night. The 111 points scored are the most in the program’s four-year Division I history and the third-most all-time.

Belmont (18-4, 10-1 A-Sun), the defending Atlantic Sun co-champ, is among those receiving votes in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls and is 10-1 in conference action.