Gordon Conference Coaches Rally in Hockey Fight vs. Cancer

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The fight against cancer is one we can all get behind.

The coaches in New Jersey’s Gordon Conference took that sentiment to heart this season, joining forces in the fight against cancer as part of the “Coaches vs. Cancer” initiative.

During the 2018-19 ice hockey season, the heralded 10-team conference made up of prep high schools in the Garden State, will compete in upcoming games in the mutual fight to end cancer. Coaches from all 10 of the Gordon Conference teams — Bergen Catholic, Bishop Eustace, Christian Brothers Academy, Delbarton, Don Bosco Prep, Gloucester Catholic, Pope John, St. Augustine, St. Peter’s Prep and Seton Hall Prep — will each dedicate one game to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Program.

“We are proud to be involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer event and to be supporting the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society, Michael Green, Head coach of Bishop Eustace and a Coaches vs. Cancer volunteer says. “We all have a passion for high school sports and using it as a platform to raise money for the fight against cancer is a natural fit for the high school coaches community.”

During the dedicated games, players will wear Coaches vs. Cancer t-shirts for their pre-game off-ice warm-up and again after the game. The games will raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate life and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

COACHES VS. CANCER GORDON CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The following Gordon Conference games will be dedicated to Coaches vs. Cancer this season:

(Photo courtesy of Bishop Eustace)

Delbarton at Saint Augustine 11/30 – 4pm
Christian Brothers Academy at Bishop Eustace 12/14 – 4pm
Bergen Catholic at Pope John 12/14 – 7pm
Saint Peter’s at Seton Hall Prep 12/14 – 8:15pm
Don Bosco at Gloucester Catholic 1/14 – 3:30pm

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“Almost everyone has been affected in some way or another by this terrible disease,” Don Bosco Prep Head Coach Greg Toskos said. “I’m happy to see our conference get together to do our part and help raise some money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

“Mike’s done an awesome job organizing the Coaches vs. Cancer games across the league,” Toskos said. “He’s a veteran coach and as soon as he made the suggestion, we all jumped at the opportunity. Bosco Hockey is proud to support this!”

Seton Hall Prep takes on Don Bosco Prep at Prudential Center in Gordon Conference action. (Photo courtesy of Seton Hall Prep)
Bishop Eustace and St. Augustine face-off in previous Gordon Conference action. The two prep schools will hit the ice again in 2018-19, this time in the battle against cancer. (Photo courtesy of Bishop Eustace)
St. Peter’s Prep in action against Pope John. (Photo courtesy of St. Peter’s Prep)

Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to
increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Coaches vs. Cancer provides critical mission outreach while raising funds in support of the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.

 

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org

 

Bishop Eustace skates against Gloucester Catholic. (Photo courtesy of Bishop Eustace)
Seton Hall Prep in action against Christian Brothers Academy. (Photo courtesy of Seton Hall Prep)
St Peter’s Prep vs. Gloucester Catholic. (Photo courtesy of St. Peter’s Prep)

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS 

Special to HockeyClan

 

Main Image: (Photo courtesy of Bishop Eustace)

 

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