Norm Stewart Hosts Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off

MUTIGERS.COM Frank Haith speaks with Norm and Virginia Stewart during Tuesday's event.
Frank Haith speaks with Norm and Virginia Stewart during Tuesday's event.

Oct. 9, 2013

Columbia, Mo. - Former Missouri Basketball Head Coach and College Basketball Hall of Famer Norm Stewart hosted his sixth annual American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday night.

Joined by current Tiger Head Coach Frank Haith, along with Bill Self (Kansas), Kareem Richardson (UMKC), Bruce Weber (Kansas State) and Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), the group worked together to raise awareness and funding for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, which has helped to raise more than $100 Million for cancer research since its inception.

The program began as the "Three Point Attack ... Norm' Special Challenge" in the early 1990s and was adopted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) shortly thereafter.

"It was a fantastic event and while we all compete against one another on the court and in recruiting, the coaching community is a close one and we are all excited to work with Coach Stewart for this outstanding cause," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "This was my third time coming up for this tip-off and this was the best one yet... incredible turnout, great coaches and great fans. It's one of our highlights of the preseason."

All five coaches joined emcee Kevin Harlan in a media panel to discuss the state of college basketball. Coach Stewart had the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the game and the development of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, while all five coaches talked about the impact cancer has had on their lives and some favorite memories of playing in Kansas City.

Missouri won the 2012 Big 12 Championship at Kansas City's Sprint Center and will face Hawaii on Nov. 16 back at Sprint this year.

"Kansas City has been a special place for me after winning the Big 12 Tournament here a couple seasons ago, but what I remember most is the great turnout we had here and (our fans) willingness to support our team," Haith said. "We have so many great Tiger fans here and it was a focus for us to get a game back here. We are excited to play Hawaii at Sprint Center, especially on a weekend when our 5-0 football team has a bye."



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