Area Coaches Set to Tee It Up in Fight Against Cancer

PHILADELPHIA - On Monday, Sept. 24, Glen Miller along with Philadelphia’s other Division I basketball coaches -- Fran Dunphy (Temple University), Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s University), James “Bruiser” Flint (Drexel University), John Giannini (LaSalle University) and Jay Wright (Villanova University) -- will hit the greens with 180 golfers to help fight cancer at the 12th annual American Cancer Society (ACS) Coaches vs. Cancer Jim Maloney Golf Classic.

This year’s event, which will be held at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club, hopes to raise more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society’s life-saving research, education, advocacy and service programs available for cancer survivors in the Philadelphia area.

The schedule for the day is lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The cocktail reception and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Foursomes can be purchased for $2,000, which includes all of the day's activities plus a tee sign. Tee sponsorships are available for $300, while tickets for the reception and dinner only cost $100. Comcast SportsNet celebrities Neil Hartman and Dei Lynam will be on hand to emcee the reception.

Kyle Lograsso, a five-year-old cancer survivor and golf prodigy from Telford, will also make a special appearance at this year’s Golf Classic. Diagnosed with cancer in both eyes at the age of two, Kyle’s talent and love for the game truly inspires anyone who hears his story. His story has attracted attention from local and even national media, including Golf Digest, CBS’ Evening News with Katie Couric and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Learning to play golf by watching the Golf Channel at a very young age, Kyle works on perfecting his swing and dreams of one day playing against his idol Tiger Woods. After losing an eye to the disease, he surely hasn’t lost determination or sight of his goals.

Since 1996, Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia has raised more than $3 million in the Philadelphia area. The success of the ACS Coaches vs. Cancer Jim Maloney Golf Classic would not be possible without the support of its generous corporate sponsors including this year’s presenting sponsors Samsung and Verizon Wireless, as well as Subaru of America, Oki Data of America, Sodexho and media partner Comcast SportsNet.

Additional 2007-08 Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising events include:
*Tourney Tip-Off Breakfast, March 17, 2008 at the Palestra
*BasketBall black-tie gala, April 12, 2008 at the Park Hyatt, Bellevue;
*Great Guy Dinner, May 7, 2008 at the Chester Valley Golf Club;
*School Initiative Program, ongoing throughout the school year, involving area elementary, junior high and high school students

For more information about Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia, contact Lisa Kaplan at 215.985.5401 or pa.phillycoaches@cancer.org, or you can visit their Web site at www.phillycoachesvscancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 14 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.