Coaches vs. Cancer

Riley Knebes

The University of New Haven Men’s Basketball Team Partnered with Colin’s Crew to Combat Cancer

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the University of New Haven men’s basketball team held its annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. The Chargers played against the Saint Anselm Hawks at 1:30 p.m.

The Men’s Basketball team and Colin’s Crew  (Photo obtained via the UNH Men’s Basketball Facebook)
The Men’s Basketball team and Colin’s Crew
(Photo obtained via the UNH Men’s Basketball Facebook)

Coaches vs. Cancer aims to raise awareness and help make a difference in the fight against cancer. It is a nationwide program which works with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The goal of the event is to get everyone on the same team; coaches, athletes, and fans in the community, all for a good cause.

On Saturday, spectators were able to donate to the Wall of Hope in the Charger Gymnasium, which went toward the American Cancer Society and Colin’s Crew.

The funds donated to the American Cancer Society will be put toward research programs that help understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer.

Colin’s Crew is a program whose goal is to help support families dealing with childhood cancer.

Colin Westbrook was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was two years old. As a result, Colin’s Crew was originally created to give financial and emotional support to the Westbrook family during Colin’s battle with cancer.

Now, Colin’s Crew has transformed into a program that not only aims to help the Westbrook family, but other families in similar situations as well.

This won’t be the first time that UNH has teamed up to support Colin’s Crew.

The UNH baseball team was the first to meet Colin through a program called Team Impact, a local organization which pairs up collegiate teams and children with life threatening illnesses.

In 2014, the UNH baseball team participated in the Whipping childhood cancer challenge, where Colin and his sister, Maddie, threw pies in the players’ in the face.

The UNH baseball team has also participated in the Polar Plunge to raise money for Colin’s Crew.