PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 13, 2012) – Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Mike Rice participated in the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day today in Washington, D.C. A rally behind the United States Capitol took place including members of Congress and Coaches vs. Cancer coaches to highlight the need for increased funding for cancer research and prevention programs.
Joining Rice were fellow head coaches Paul Hewitt (George Mason University), Fran McCaffery (University of Iowa) and Tad Boyle (University of Colorado). Accompanying them were U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Tom Harkin, along with other Members of Congress. John Seffrin, PhD, CEO, of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Christopher Hansen, president, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network were also in attendance.
Rice is an active member of Coaches vs. Cancer and its many endeavors. In March, he was named to the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer National Council. Prior to each season, he and wife Kerry host a Tip-Off Dinner at the Rutgers Athletic Center surrounding a team practice to increase awareness and raise funds. This season’s dinner will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Last year’s inaugural event was a resounding success and raised approximately $40,000 in the fight against cancer.
ACS CAN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to making the fight against cancer a top national priority. As the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, ACS CAN has a nationwide structure of volunteers who put a face on cancer.