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Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer In March 2007, during the height of March Madness, the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was in attendance at the MEAC Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the reception and the Friday evening portion of the MEAC Tournament, there was a presentation of a $20,000 check by the Grand Basileus to the MEAC Scholarship Foundation.

When GB Warren G. Lee, Jr. noticed that the coaches were wearing business suits and sneakers, he asked why. The answer led to a conversation that has culminated in a partnership between the American Cancer Society, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball 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.

GB Lee was quick to see an opportunity to raise awareness about a health issue affecting Black males and to advance the cause of medical research focused on the black community. A partnership was born when Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. agreed to support the Coaches vs. Cancer project. This year, in recognition of our effort, the ACS will donate a significant portion of the funds raised to support research on colon and prostate cancer as it affects black males. We will use our vast network of brothers to sell 100,000 t-shirts at $20 each in support of this venture.

In true Omega style, we have created some incentives to encourage Districts, Chapters, and Individuals to get moving. Please follow the link to our Coaches vs. Cancer project rules of engagement.

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