May 4, 2012
• 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala
MADISON, Wis. – Six weeks ago Bo Ryan and Jim Boeheim stood across from one another in a Sweet 16 showdown and watched their teams stage one of the season’s greatest games. Boeheim and Syracuse would advance with a 64-63 win, as well as a deepened respect for Wisconsin basketball.
Ryan and Boeheim are now on the same team in the fight against cancer.
Ryan, along with head coaches Rob Jeter (Milwaukee), Todd Adrian (Edgewood), Jeff Gard (UW-Platteville) and Luke Reigel (UW-Parkside), will host the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala on Saturday, May 5, at the Kohl Center.
Boeheim, a Hall of Famer who will serve as a special guest speaker, has had a remarkable run as head coach at his alma mater, Syracuse University, pushing the Orange into the postseason in all but one of his 35 years. SU has made 28 trips into the NCAA tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996 and 2003, and the NCAA championship in 2003.
Ryan (651-204) and Boeheim (890-304) are two of just 41 coaches in NCAA history (any level) to have posted at least 650 wins. The duo ranks secnd (Ryan) and fourth (Boeheim) in win percentage among active Division I coaches with 500 career wins.
Since its inception, Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin has raised more than $500,000 for the fight against cancer. The funds raised go directly towards the American Cancer Society's mission of celebrating more birthdays.
In Wisconsin, coaches are dedicated to raising funds through Coaches vs. Cancer so that the American Cancer Society can continue its mission to prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin is currently providing more than $5 million in research grant funding to 13 scientists in Wisconsin who are exploring ways to prevent, treat, detect and cure cancer. Specifically, CvC is providing $3,651,000 to the University of Wisconsin for cancer research and $1,121,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin. All told, $49,599,471 has been raised in Wisconsin since funding efforts began.