Men's Basketball and Coaches vs. Cancer Aims to Save Lives with the Relaunch of the 3-Point Challenge

Men's Basketball and Coaches vs. Cancer Aims to Save Lives with the Relaunch of the 3-Point Challenge

Competition-based fundraiser allows fans to pledge for every 3-pointer WPI makes in February to support the American Cancer Society

WORCESTER –– Making 3-point shots this basketball season has taken on additional meaning for Chris Bartley and the WPI basketball team. The Engineers are using their spotlight on the court to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society as a part of the national Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. 

"The WPI Men's Basketball Team is proud to participate in this innovative way to raise money for the American Cancer Society.," remarked Bartley. "The 3-Point Challenge has taken on significant meaning for me as a coach.  A young man I coached as an assistant at both Medford High School and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Kenny Bascomb, just died from a long battle with cancer last Saturday morning.  He was just in his 30's with five children which makes this loss all the more devastating. I applaud all of the programs across the country for committing to the 3-Point Challenge so we can take the steps needed to find a cure."

More than 20 years ago, Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri's men's basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, provided the vision and inspiration to create Coaches vs. Cancer. He challenged fans to pledge a dollar amount for every 3-Point shot made by his team during the season. The concept, then called the 3-Point Attack, evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country to assist in the fight against cancer.

Today, Coaches vs. Cancer is thrilled to announce the return of the program nationwide, now called the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can join WPI's campaign, be part of the excitement and donate for every 3-point shot made by visiting www.pledgeit.org/cvc-wpi.  Teams can be matched up against their rival schools to see who can raise the most funds from their 3-point shots, and fans can follow the leaderboard to see who will become the 3-Point Challenge Champion.

"The 3-Point Challenge is going to revolutionize our online fundraising efforts through the Coaches vs. Cancer platform. With a few clicks to a unique URL, fans from around the country can make online pledges for their favorite teams, whether high school or college, and watch the donations from 3-point shots roll in to help fund the Society's mission," said David Doan, VP, Strategic Alliances, Sports.

Through this online platform, created by PledgeIt, basketball fans anywhere can donate funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives. Funds raised will support the Society's mission to help ensure that lifesaving cancer research continues to get funded, and people facing cancer have the help they need.

About Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, coaches have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society.

Release Courtesy Greg McKeever, American Cancer Society