Sept. 11, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - For the second-straight year, St. John's Hall of Famers Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser announced that they plan to combine forces with the current Red Storm basketball programs and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) at the annual "Dribble for the Cure." The coaching legends have inspired others as well, as the SJU Alumni Basketball Committee has pledged to increase its involvement, forming three teams for the event's third year, which comes back to the St. John's campus in Queens on Saturday, Sept. 28, as a part of University Service Day.
Carnesecca, a 1993 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, posted a 526-200 record at his alma mater and led his squad to 24 postseason berths in 24 seasons, including an appearance in the 1985 NCAA Final Four. Kaiser, who was a standout student-athlete on the baseball diamond before coaching the Redmen for 18 years and serving as St. John's Director of Athletics from 1973-95, still serves the University as Athletics Director Emeritus. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 1979. Both are St. John's University alums, and embody the Vincentian spirit of service to others.
"St. John's has always been about giving back," said Carnesecca. "This is an important cause, created by a St. John's legend in Al McGuire, to help young people who have been affected by this terrible disease. It will be an honor to be side-by-side with Coach Lavin, Coach Tartamella and our current teams once again on Sept. 28. I encourage everyone to come out and join us for what will be a great day for the St. John's family."
"One of the things that stuck with me all these years from my education at St. John's is the need to help those less fortunate," said Kaiser. "That's one of the things that attracted me to Dribble for the Cure. The ability to contribute to a cause that helps young people with cancer in our own backyard - that's what St. John's is all about."
The alumni teams, spanning three generations of the St. John's basketball family, have been divided according to era. The Stormin' Redmen are captained by Tomas Jasiulionis from the Class of 2009, the BIG EAST Redmen are captained by Alan Friedman, a team manager from the Class of 1983, and the Classic Redmen are captained by Ron Guzas, a team manger from the Class of 1968. Fans can join or support each team by visiting here.
"Working on this year's Dribble For the Cure has been a labor of love for the support of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the kids who benefit from their outstanding accomplishments," said Guzas, Chairman of the St. John's Alumni Basketball Committee and a manager under Carnesecca in the 1960s. "This is a great opportunity for our Basketball Alumni to join with the present St. John's basketball teams to support this worthy cause in unity."
The Dribble for the Cure - a fundraising and awareness event where everyone dribbles a basketball - will take place on the St. John's University Queens campus on Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two Dribble for the Cure events at St. John's saw nearly 1,000 combined participants raise a total of more than $65,000. The proceeds from this annual event will once again support the PCRF Laboratory directed by Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., at New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. A world-renowned researcher, Cairo's work has contributed to dramatically increased survival rates of childhood cancers, blood disorders and immunological diseases.
"St. John's Basketball is proud to be associated with the third Dribble for the Cure event on St. John's campus. It is always a special day that raises funds for cancer research and creates greater awareness for the importance of developing a cure for pediatric cancer," said head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin. "Once again, I personally encourage our fans to come join our student-athletes and staff as we collectively support this important cause. It's going to be a memorable day of service for the community at St. John's."
"We are excited to be a part of PCRF's Dribble For The Cure Event for a third-straight year," added Joe Tartamella, head coach of the Red Storm women. "Our community here at St. John's University embraces the opportunity to be a part of this great cause for pediatric cancer. Our players, staff and University are proud to show our support."
Companies, individuals, schools, clubs, teams and other organizations can become involved by starting a "Dribble for the Cure Team" to participate in and fundraise for the event. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $10 for St. John's University students.
Additionally, PCRF is looking for companies or individuals interested in providing sponsorship or endorsement, or volunteering for the event. Those interested should contact Rosanna Capalbo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sept. 28 participants, who will dribble through a 30-minute course winding through the St. John's campus beginning and ending at Carnesecca Arena, will be given the opportunity to meet and get autographs and photographs with their favorite players and coaches from the St. John's basketball teams.
"Dribble for the Cure is not only a fundraising event, it's an awareness event," says Dr. Cairo. "It brings people in the community - particularly St. John's athletes and students - into the fold of understanding the importance of pediatric cancer research and the impact that it has not only on children today but also in the future. It also helps the University bring its students into the sphere of charity and doing public good - things that are part of the St. John's University mission."
Dribble for the Cure was created by the PCRF as a way for college and university basketball programs to help raise money for children's cancer research and to bring dollars to local medical institutions for the care and treatment of children with cancer. John Vallely, former NBA player and a two-time national champion at UCLA, is the founder and an advisor to Dribble for the Cure.
To find out more about St. John's Dribble for the Cure, including registration, pledge details and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, fans, alumni and supporters can go to: www.dribbleforthecure.com. Please note: each participant is asked to bring their own basketball.
About the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)