Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers

On Jan. 25, Duquesne University head coach Jim Ferry and his staff joined more than 4,000 basketball coaches from across the country as they laced up for the fight against cancer and stepped out of their loafers, oxfords, and wingtips and into sneakers during games as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, Jan. 24-26.  The Dukes defeated St. Bonaventure, 83-81, on Derrick Colter’s buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The nationwide event raises awareness about the fight against cancer, highlights the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person’s cancer risk, and promotes the American Cancer Society’s free programs and services available to those facing cancer.

“It seems everyone knows a friend or relative who has been affected in some way by cancer,” said Ferry. “Anything we can do as coaches to both raise awareness and also solicit donations to help in the battle against cancer, I’m all for it.”

Today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving the disease for five years or longer and more than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.

For more information and to join coaches in the fight against cancer, visit