Few Receives Cancer Award

May 31, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few was awarded the "Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award," at the National Association of Basketball Coaches Award Show, held at the Millennium Hotel in New York.

For the past three years, Few and his wife, Marcy, have co-chaired the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBALL Gala and celebrity golf tournament. Since its inception, the Spokane event has raised more than $850,000 for the American Cancer Society and its quest to find a cure.

In presenting the award to Few, Norm Stewart, former head coach at the University of Missouri and a cancer survivor, explained that the honor is always given in recognition of a coach's personal involvement, community presence, and cancer education and commitment.

"He exemplifies outstanding leadership on behalf of the American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem," Stewart said of Few. "His countless hours off the court to support the cancer cause have elevated his community-based Coaches vs. Cancer program to new heights."

Stewart continued that Few deserved the honor because of his genuine passion to diminish suffering from cancer and his personal commitment to make a difference.

The Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBALL Gala presented by NorthernQuest Casino traditionally sells out the Davenport Hotel's ballrooms. This year, more than 650 guests are expected to attend the event. They will have the opportunity to meet such coaching notables expected to attend as: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma; Ray Giacoletti, Utah; and, Mike Burns, Eastern Washington University. Former Gonzaga greats scheduled to attend, include: Blake Stepp, Dan Dickau and Richie Frahm. Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst, will once again emcee the Gala.

"We can all be grateful that, in spite of the incredible demands on Mark that come with coaching a nationally ranked basketball program, he, and his wife, Marcy, are totally committed to the success of the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf and Gala," says John Preston, Regional Vice President of the American Cancer Society. "Because of his unselfish dedication and hard work, we are moving ever closer to the day when cancer will be defeated."

This year's American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBALL Gala and Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 26 -27. Corporate sponsorships are still being accepted for this year's event. For more information, contact Jerid Keefer at 242-8300.



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