Fighting cancer, one free throw at a time

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Fighting cancer, one free throw at a time

CREATED Oct. 18, 2012

The college basketball season is right around the corner!

On Thursday, Oct. 25, UW-Madison students will have the opportunity to team up with the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and Coaches vs. Cancer to take a shot at fighting the world’s deadliest disease.

The premise is simple: come to the Kohl Center from 3-7 p.m. and make Bo Ryan pay. The more students that show up, the more baskets made, the more money raised.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, have challenged all UW-Madison students to shoot hoops on the main court for a good cause.

“Cancer is a terrible disease that has affected every single one of us in some form or fashion,” Ryan said. “Whether you’ve had a family member or friend who has battled cancer or if you’ve fought that battle yourself, we all have a story to tell.”

Kohl Center Gate A will open at 3 p.m. and the only person paying for admission is Coach Ryan.

For starters, Bo and Kelly Ryan will donate $1 to Coaches vs. Cancer/the American Cancer Society for every UW student that simply walks into the Kohl Center. Students will then be given an opportunity to knock down some shots to increase the donation.

For a made free throw, $10 will be donated and $1,000 will be donated for every half-court shot made. Any student who makes a half-court shot will also win free Wisconsin men’s basketball season tickets!

There will be other activities throughout the afternoon and evening, including pizza (while supplies last), men’s basketball player appearances, free Wisconsin / adidas gear and raffle prizes including autographed basketballs, $250 Best Buy gift cards and more.

The evening culminates at 7 p.m. with the announcement of the final donation. At that time, Coach Ryan and Kelly will present a check to Coaches vs. Cancer based on the students’ participation.

This special event is part of UW-Madison Homecoming Week festivities.

Thanks to the UW athletic department for passing along.

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