Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser at Subway

 Eleven Division 1 head men’s basketball coaches from North Carolina wrapped up a special Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising campaign and the net result was $18,213 in donations to help fight cancer.

The contributions were collected in January and February from generous customers at local Subway® restaurants in Western North Carolina, the greater Charlotte area, and Piedmont Triad.

Outgoing men’s basketball coaches Larry Hunter of Western Carolina University and Nick McDevitt of UNC Asheville volunteered their time for the awareness and fundraising effort.

Other coaches participated from Appalachian State University, Charlotte 49ers, Davidson College, Elon University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, North Carolina A&T State University, UNC Greensboro and Winthrop University.

To demonstrate their commitment to the campaign, the coaches served as guest Subway Sandwich Artists during lunch at local Subway® restaurants in their area.

“We are grateful to the coaches, Subway and the community who make it possible for us to continue supporting local outreach for cancer research, prevention and patient services like rides to life-saving cancer treatments and our 24/7 call line,” said Ivan Schwartz, executive director of the American Cancer Society in the Southeast Region.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Locally, the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has joined the effort to promote healthy living, raise awareness and support for the fightagainst cancer. For more information on Coaches vs. Cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society: 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Local Subway owner Brandi Hillman, second from right, presents a check for $18,213 to Kelly Jamerson of the American Cancer Society from this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer campaign at the UNC Asheville vs. Western Carolina University baseball game Wednesday at McCormick Field in Asheville. They are joined by Janet Cone, UNC Asheville athletic director, and team mascots Paws the Catamount and Rocky the Bulldog. Coaches from both universities teamed for the joint fundraiser to help local families battling cancer.

About Subway® Restaurants:

Subway® offers a fresh alternative to fast food, serving 7.5 million made-to-order sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway experience is also delivered online at www.Subway.com and through the Subway App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family-friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities  around the world. Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP Inc.