Area teams lend support to Coaches vs. Cancer

Ten years ago basketball coaches at the college and high school level replaced their street shoes and wore sneakers on the sidelines for a game in support of the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

The program has grown and expanded its efforts to educate and support the fight against cancer.

The weekend of Jan. 25-27 was declared the Coaches vs. Cancer weekend but the efforts have not stopped.

The student bodies and fans have also joined in the support by continuing to wear pink to games as a sign of support for cancer patients. The referees also support the cause by using pink whistles during the contests.

Last Thursday, the Johnstown and Amsterdam girls basketball teams squared off at Amsterdam High School with both teams wearing pink warmup shirts.

“We weren’t honoring anybody specific tonight; we are helping with the fight against cancer,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “We are proud to do it every year. and the girls have embraced it.”

The American Cancer Society also set up a display in the school lobby to distribute information to help educate fans about the disease.

The Lady Bills will host their own pink game this week at Johnstown High School.

“Our game is going to be Tuesday night at home versus Broadalbin-Perth,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “The girls will have pink shirts on in support of the effort and the coaches will also be wearing some pink.”

A sea of pink was also prominent at boys games also this week.

Last Wednesday, the Fort Plain boys donned pink socks in support of the cause and the student section at the Fonda-Fultonville boys game against Voorheesville Friday night was dominated by pink shirts, hats and suits.