Reggie Witherspoon


Canisius head men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon will join other Big 4 basketball head coaches and the local community at the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Happy Hour, set for Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Hotel at The Lafayette in downtown Buffalo. The event is scheduled to run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Coaches vs. Cancer gives sports fans the chance to back their team and to attack cancer,” JoAnna Jacob, executive director for the American Cancer Society’s Upstate New York area, said. “Sports fans are passionate, and through initiatives like this, we are channeling that drive into fun, yet meaningful, ways to help end the pain and suffering of cancer. We are excited to work with the local schools and local coaches because it makes a real difference every day in the lives of our neighbors, and people everywhere, touched by cancer.”
The Canisius men’s basketball program has been active in working with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program in the three previous seasons under Witherspoon, as the Golden Griffins have taken part in the annual 3-Point Challenge.

Tickets for the event on Sept. 17 are on sale now through the American Cancer Society’s website. For sponsorship inquires, tickets, or questions regarding this event, please contact Joe LaVare, 716-689-6982, ext. 65250, or via email –

Coaches vs. Cancer
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. 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.

The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to

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