Men's Basketball

Boise State to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University’s men’s basketball coaches will be replacing their dress shoes with white sneakers against Wyoming Saturday, in support of Coaches vs. Cancer. The Broncos will be joining forces with the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) to raise awareness in the fight against cancer.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between 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.

The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.

St. Luke’s MSTI is the region's largest provider of cancer services and a nationally-recognized leader in cancer research. The organization provides advanced care to thousands of patients every year at clinics in Boise, Fruitland, Meridian, Nampa, and Twin Falls, Idaho. St. Luke’s MSTI is home to Idaho's only cancer treatment center for children, only federally sponsored center for hemophilia, and only blood and marrow transplant program.

St. Luke’s MSTI is dedicated to expanding access to high quality care and clinical research opportunities for people in our region, a commitment that is enhanced by their membership in the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).

To learn more about St. Luke’s MSTI, visit

Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from a concept championed by Norm Stewart, former head coach at the University of Missouri, a cancer survivor and member of the NABC. He started the program by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer made by his team during the season.

The American Cancer Society and the NABC adopted that concept in 1993 and transformed it into a nationwide effort to unite coaches across the country in a common mission of providing help and hope to all people facing cancer.

Today, more than 2,000 teams from across all divisions are involved in the program, and Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society’s life-saving mission of eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease.
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