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Feb. 18, 2009

The Gamecock men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold a silent auction benefiting the American Cancer Society and its Coaches vs. Cancer initiative in conjunction with the Feb. 25 home men’s basketball contest against Kentucky. The event is aimed at raising awareness and funds to benefit the American Cancer Society. The auction features a wide variety of items, including autographed photos from top college coaches from across the nation, an autographed football by South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and various other items. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until halftime of the game and will be held on the concourse of Colonial Life Arena near the trophy case.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide program founded by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in a variety of nation and local community events. Since its inception in 1993, high school and college coaches and their wives across the country have raised nearly $45 million through the Coaches vs. Cancer program to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit the community and provide free programs that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

A complete list of auction items will be posted on on Tuesday, Feb. 24.