Lavin, Area Coaches Headline Third Annual Coaches Vs. Cancer Dinner Benefit

St. John's head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin has helped to raise more than $1 million for Coaches vs. Cancer since his arrival at St. John's in March of 2010.

Sept. 17, 2012

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's University head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin will join other area coaches on Thursday, Sept. 20, to headline the Third Annual Coaches Vs. Cancer Dinner Benefit. The event, which will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, benefits the American Cancer Society's nationally-renowned Coaches vs. Cancer program.

    "It has been a privilege to be affiliated with the Coaches vs. Cancer team for parts of two decades," said Lavin. "Cancer has affected so many families, including my own, and this organization is one that champions the `cause' on all fronts."

    Lavin, whose coaching staff wears white Nike Air Force One sneakers each game, in part to for cancer awareness and to recognize the efforts of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, will take part in a coaches panel with Greg Anthony, College and NBA Analyst for Turner Sports and CBS Sports, Mike Rice of Rutgers and Kevin Willard of Seton Hall. CBS Sports Network's Jon Rothstein will serve as moderator.

    For more information on Coaches vs. Cancer, to attend Thursday's Dinner Benefit or to contribute to Coaches vs. Cancer, please e-mail Megan Guerriero at or visit the event's website at:

    For nearly 20 years, Lavin has been highly involved with both Coaches vs. Cancer and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, participating in numerous fundraising and awareness events. For eight years, he has been a part of the President's Club leadership giving group of The V Foundation, a group that includes Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kentucky's John Calipari. Lavin has helped to raise more than $1 million for Coaches vs. Cancer since his arrival at St. John's in March of 2010 alone, and has taken part in V Foundation events for the past 10 years while at UCLA, ESPN and St. John's. When living in Los Angeles, Lavin was a regular visitor at City of Hope, where he often met with cancer survivors and visited patients during the holiday season. He led more than 400 fans and the Red Storm men's and women's basketball teams in raising $21,000 for pediatric cancer research at St. John's University Service Day "Dribble For The Cure" event last Sept., an event that returns to St. John's campus this Saturday, Sept. 22. Last fall he was also selected as the Chairman of the Jimmy V Basketball New York Dinner Auction.



    Lavin's returning core includes BIG EAST All-Rookie team member D'Angelo Harrison, combo guard Phil Greene, swingmen Sir'Dominic Pointer and Amir Garrett, and big man God'sgift Achiuwa. Its nationally-ranked No. 8 recruiting class is comprised of eight standout student-athletes representing five countries, with many who played in the New York area in the past several seasons. The elite group includes West African guard Felix Balamou, French shooter and playmaker Marc-Antoine Bourgault, Texas A&M transfer point guard Jamal Branch, sharpshooting Harvard transfer Max Hooper, stalwart power forward Christian Jones, top 20 Nigerian center Chris Obekpa, 2011-12 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year and National Prep Championship Tournament MVP JaKarr Sampson and Dominican-born JUCO All-America forward Orlando Sanchez.

    Coaches vs. Cancer Mission Statement
    Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. There are many opportunities for coaches to increase cancer awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The program started in 1993 and has raised $80 million for the American Cancer Society.

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