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Aug. 28, 2009

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Ladies Clinic Application

COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn and his staff will host the second annual “Darrin Horn Ladies Clinic,” Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Gamecock basketball practice facility. All proceeds from the event will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research to assist with the fight against breast cancer. All attendees will receive an exclusive Ladies Clinic Under Armour T-shirt, while the first 300 attendees will receive a gift certificate from Garnet and Black Traditions at Jewelry Warehouse. Lunch and a tour of the newly renovated basketball locker room will also highlight the event.

Those interested in attending should register for the event prior to Oct. 30 to receive an early bird registration cost of $30. After Oct. 30, cost for the event will be $35. University of South Carolina students will receive a discounted rate of $10 and may use their Carolina Cash Card for payment. Check-in for the event will begin at 8 a.m. in the main lobby of the practice facility.

Among the highlights of the event are up-close interaction with Coach Horn, his coaching staff and players, including the opportunity for photos and autographs. A question-and-answer session and interactive basketball drills with the players and coaches will also take place during the event. Attendees will also have a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated locker room and a sneak peak of the 2009-10 player introduction video.

It has been just 15 years since The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano. Since 1993, The V Foundation has raised more than $90 million and awarded cancer research grants in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

The V Foundation started with the dream of Jim Valvano, the passionate and committed former NC State basketball coach and award-winning broadcaster, as he battled cancer. Wanting to see the battle through to victory, Valvano recruited friends and family to lead The V Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease that ultimately claimed his life. With a dire need for early developmental, critical-stage grant support, the Foundation was formed to assist the brilliant young researchers that will eventually find cures for cancer.

The V Foundation has an excellent track record for finding and funding elite young scientists. Between 1994 — when the first V Scholar grants were awarded — and 2003, The V Foundation awarded 109 V Scholar grants to promising young researchers nationwide to help them establish their laboratories. Of those V Scholars, 93 percent have received additional funding and are still working in independent labs. An additional five percent are currently working in related research.

The V Foundation also takes great pride in its fiscal responsibility and is proud to announce that it gives 100 percent of all new direct cash donations and net event proceeds to cancer research and related programs. Recognized for its prudent fiscal management, The V Foundation has earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, for a seventh consecutive rating. Receiving a top rating from Charity Navigator indicates that The V Foundation has outperformed most of its peers in its efforts to manage and grow its finances.

For more information on the Darrin Horn Ladies Clinic, please contact Holly Moring in the men’s basketball office at 803-777-4198.