Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst will be among hundreds of college and high school basketball teams from around the country to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can pledge money for every 3-pointer made from February 1 to March 10, with all of the donations going to help the American Cancer Society lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Now in its third season, the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge allows college basketball fans to either donate each time their favorite team hits a 3-point shot or make a one-time donation of any amount. Fans can also become a fundraiser to rally support in their local community.
Last year's winner was the Florida Gators, who raised more than $67,000. Two years ago, Amherst was the fourth-place finisher in the country and the top Division III team in the challenge, finishing behind only Penn State, Villanova and UCLA.
Amherst felt the effects of cancer within the last few weeks, as longtime head coach David Hixon lost his mother Dawn to the disease. With Hixon missing his first game on the sideline in 42 years to be with his family, the Mammoths defeated their archrival, Williams, which was undefeated at the time.
"Everyone has been touched by this terrible disease in some way," said Hixon. "Myself most recently with the loss of my mother. But every donation goes directly to funding the research needed to attack and defeat cancer."
Visit 3pointchallenge.org and find "Amherst College" in the top right corner to make a pledge, then follow Amherst on the national leaderboard.