The annual Arlington Coaches vs. Cancer program will be held with virtual programs and a donation drive-thru this year.
The Coaches vs. Cancer game is organized by the Arlington Boys Basketball Booster Club and is meant to support local community members going through cancer and to raise awareness.
“Arlington Boys Basketball Booster Club is taking our annual Coaches vs. Cancer outside this year,” said Caryn Brown, a member of the booster club and local parent.
Brown said the event has, for more than a decade now, brought the community together and helped raise funds.
Like most other events, because of the COVID-19 pandemic they have had to plan for a unique year.
“We didn’t want to let this go this year. We feel like our players and community look forward to it,” said Brown. “We still want to raise funds for the American Cancer Society."
Proceeds from the Coaches vs. Cancer event go to the American Cancer Society and to the Coaches vs. Cancer scholarship, which provides some college funds for a teenager who has had to deal with cancer in some form during their life.
The program this year will hold a couple of virtual events, and a drive-thru donation center.
On March 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the club will be running a drive-thru textile drive as well as raising funds.
Items accepted include gently used clothes, shoes, bedding, toys and electric items.
That donation center will be at the NAPA Auto Center at 220 N. West Ave., Arlington.
“The Dick’s Drive-In Food Truck is going to set up in the parking lot as well,” said Brown. The popular Seattle-based restaurant has had a food truck active since December 2020.
“They are donating the proceeds of their sells to Coaches vs. Cancer,” said Brown.
Besides the drive-thru donation center, the club will also organize a virtual 5K and one-mile fun run which will be held from March 6 to 27.
“Typically we would have that in the gym,” said Brown.
Those interested in signing up can go to coachesvscancer.itsyourrace.com.
On March 6, at 7 p.m., the club will also hold a virtual “bandigo” event over Zoom. The game combines music trivia and bingo and will include prizes.
The event is free but participants are required to register. Those interested should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘CvC Bandigo’ in the subject line by March 5.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program is an annual tradition for the local boys basketball club.
“This will be our 11th year,” said Brown. “It started when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. They wanted to help raise awareness of those who have dealt with cancer, those who have lost a loved one, or for students who are dealing with it in their families."
Since then the team usually holds one game a year where they wear pink and raise awareness.
“I have enjoyed seeing the impact it has made on the teenage boys. When we started 10 years ago getting the boys to wear pink was unheard of,” said Brown.
The club typically highlights ‘honorary coaches’ each year who are local community members, usually who are dealing with cancer themselves.
More information about the Coaches vs. Cancer program can be found at their Facebook page at facebook.com/ahscoachesvscancer.