ECU Coaches To Help Raise Cancer and Autism Awareness

UABSPORTS.COM ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo
ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Jan. 24, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's basketball coaches will be participating pair of "Awareness" programs sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches each of the next two weekends to help bring attention to the fights against cancer and autism.

Coach Jeff Lebo and the entire ECU coaching staff will swap out their dress shoes for sneakers with their usual game attire to take part in the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend when the Pirates host Southern Miss on Saturday at 7 p.m. to demonstrate support for the American Cancer Society's efforts to finish the fight against cancer.

The Pirate coaching staff will also participate in the first college basketball Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, Feb. 1 when ECU takes on UAB in Birmingham. The coaches will be wearing pins from the organization "Autism Speaks" in the hope that people may learn more about autism. The coaches also plan to make Autism Awareness Day an annual event.

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around one in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls, which includes ECU Director of Basketball Operations Kyle Robinson's son, Samuel. An estimated one out of 54 boys and one in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society's mission.



This year, fans can get involved by visiting and joining the Final Four Challenge. Between now and the Final Four, coaches and fans are on a mission to raise $400,000 in the fight against cancer.