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Viterbo University basketball teams participate in “Coaches vs. Cancer” 

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Assistant Coach David Mlachnik sporting his Jordan 11 Lows

Organized by the American Cancer Society, “Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers” is a nationally recognized event that took place during the week of January 22-28. The American Cancer Society puts on this event for the country to come together under a common goal: to end cancer. During this week, coaches of both men’s and women’s college basketball are encouraged to wear their snazziest suits along with their most bold, eye-catching sneakers during their games to bring attention to the cause. 


Our very own Viterbo University participated in this cause and did many activities throughout the week to help spread awareness. First, the men’s and women’s team were each given a piece of paper that read, “I suit up for…” where the athletes were encouraged to write down the name of someone they know or are close to that has been affected by cancer. These pictures were then shared across V-Hawks’ social media pages to raise more awareness.  


With events being held throughout the week, the actual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers games were held on Saturday, Jan. 26 against conference foe Dickinson St. University. During these games, a 50/50 raffle was also held by Viterbo, with proceeds going to help end the fight against cancer.  


Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Robert Cunitz participated in this event, sporting the Jordan 9 “For the Love of the Game.” The shoe has a bright baby blue color mixed with a white exterior that was sure to grab the attention of the audience.  


Cunitz believed this event is important to not only the university, but also to the fight against cancer. Cunitz stated, “I believe the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative is important to support those who have cancer or are impacted by cancer. The game of basketball is a great way for everyone to come together to raise awareness, educate others, and help save lives from cancer.” 


In addition to the cause, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were able to take down the Blue Hawks of Dickinson State, improving to 4-0 overall on the weekend as both teams defeated the Vikings of Valley City State the night before. These two wins from each team helped the men’s team improve to (8-13) on the season and the women’s team to (8-9) on their season. It proved to be quite the successful weekend, all while supporting a great cause. 

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Jackson Schuh
Jackson Schuh, Sports Editor
My name is Jackson Schuh and I am the sports editor for the Lumen. I am from Milwaukee, WI and am majoring in business administration. I also compete for the men's golf team and assist with the men's basketball team.
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