YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A big day this Saturday, Nov. 12 for Valley sports, as the Youngstown State University Penguins take on Southern Illinois at noon in football, followed by a double-header in basketball.
Both basketball games will be in Beeghly Center, the first beginning at 5 p.m. between Kent State University and Cleveland State University. The second game will be YSU against the University of Akron at 7:45 p.m.
The basketball games offer a chance to raise money to help fight cancer through the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
Jerry Slocum, the head coach of YSU’s basketball team, explained what the Coaches vs. Cancer program is all about.
“It’s a four-year rotating classic. We’re excited to host it. This is the only time we’ll ever have it here in Youngstown. It’s kind of the thing we’re trying to give back, something to the American Cancer Society. I think we’ve all been affected by cancer,” Slocum said.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. According to the American Cancer Society’s website, it helps to empower basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
“It’s a special day, we’re honoring Dan Peters and Bill Dailey. We have special uniforms with Carmine Cassese’s initials on them. It’s a big event for me in terms of what this could do and what money we can give back to the [American] Cancer Society,” Slocum said.
Coach Slocum also said he’s excited for the games that will take place on Saturday.
“It’s a great, cheap night for college basketball. You can see a double header for $15. There’s no place that’s a better value than that,” he said.
He believes the University of Akron game will be a handful for his team, but nothing they can’t handle.
“I think they’re the best team on our schedule, other than Ohio State and Michigan State, they’re very good,” Slocum said. “We’re excited. I think we’re better. We have almost all of our guys back. I’m really excited about our back-court play, I think it will be a great test for us as we end up going onto a real tough first semester.”