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FAU women giving back

Published Thursday, February 17, 2005
by Cory Jennerjohn

Not often do people get a chance to make a difference. On Saturday night, the Florida Alantic University women?s basketball team will do just that.
They will be hosting the first annual Hoops for Hope when Gardner-Webb comes to the FAU Gymnasium, to honor cancer survivors and raise cancer awareness.
?I think it?s just a culmination of an idea that the coaching staff and I have had for a longtime,? said FAU women?s basketball coach Chancellor Dugan, who saw her father pass away due to throat cancer. ?Being able to see this idea through will really be nice.?<br>But her father isn?t the only reason that the Owls will begin this yearly tradition.
?I didn?t do this just for him,? said Dugan. ?I?ve got a couple kids that family members have been affected by cancer. Coach (Shannon) Linton and I have had this idea for a long time and we said, ?alright let?s do it.??
According the American Cancer Society, Florida will have an estimated 39,960 deaths in 2005.
At halftime, FAU President will speak and either ask all the cancer survivors present to either stand or be walk to the court.
The fans can also help out. A portion of the ticket and concession sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society. There will also be a sign up sheet for Relay for Life, which will be held April 1.
Fans will also be able to shoot for donations. Bank Atlantic will donate $5 for every made layup, $25 for every free throw and $75 for every 3-pointer.
In a way, Dugan is showing the same kind of strength that her father used when the doctors initially told him he would only last three or four years, but he fought for 20 more.
?I think everybody always says there?s a lot of him in me,? said Dugan. ?I try to explain that to my team. The team is the extension of the coach. We may be undersized, but we always found a way to overcome.?<br>It?s not just a basketball game Saturday night, it?s people making a difference.
?Hopefully there will be a lot of people to come out, not just to watch basketball to support a great cause,? said Dugan.
To contact Cory Jennerjohn call 561-893-6629, or e-mail him at [email protected]
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