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Davis participates in Coaches vs. Cancer luncheon

Seven area Division I coaches join fight against cancer

October 29, 2013 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head men's basketball coach Kermit Davis along with six other Division I head coaches in the area joined forces once again for the American Cancer Society's annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Luncheon Tuesday hosted by Vanderbilt University.

The fundraiser featured a silent auction and remarks from presenting sponsors and cancer survivors. Those in attendance were also encouraged to make pledges, donating to the American Cancer Society. The program concluded with Davis, Casey Alexander (Lipscomb), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Dave Loos (Austin Peay), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt), Travis Williams (Tennessee State) and Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee) answering questions from event emcee Willy Daunic from 102.5 The Game as well as from the audience.

"Special thanks to Casey Alexander, Rick Byrd, Kermit Davis, Dave Loos, Cuonzo Martin, Kevin Stallings and Travis Williams for coming together to offer this exclusive event for fans and supporters," said Hank Fengler, Coaches vs. Cancer Event Chair. "In the battle against cancer, nobody understands the teamwork and leadership necessary to win better than these coaches."

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.

Middle Tennessee has selected the Feb. 1 contest against Old Dominion as the Blue Raiders' Coaches vs. Cancer game. Tickets for the game against the Monarchs are still available and start as low as $10.

"We have all been touched by cancer in some way," Davis said. "My dad and mom are cancer survivors. This is just a wonderful cause."

MT's season begins next week, welcoming Truman State to the Murphy Center Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. for an exhibition. The Blue Raiders tip off the regular season Nov. 10, hosting 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Southern University. Middle Tennessee returns eight players from last year's squad that posted a 28-6 record, including starters Shawn Jones and Kerry Hammonds II.

As juniors, Jones and Hammonds helped guide MT to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1989 and the seventh all-time. The Blue Raiders recorded a 19-1 mark in Sun Belt Conference play last season, winning the regular season league title for the second-straight year and third time in the last four seasons.

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