OXFORD, Ohio-Miami University's men's basketball team returns home this week to host Mid-American Conference rivals Ohio at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Ball State at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and both RedHawk games will promote cancer awareness.
It is estimated in 2013 that in the hour it takes to approximately play one half of basketball, 187 people will hear the words "you have cancer."
Wednesday's game will highlight the Luna Cares program, which is a fund established locally by Luna Blu Salon, Spa and Galleria owner Lisa Ciampa in 2010 to directly support the financial needs of women undergoing treatment for cancer and their families. This program assists with the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis whether a woman is insured, under-insured, or uninsured, so energy can be focused on healing.
Luna Cares works with local physicians and hospitals to relieve the financial burden of medical expenses. It also provides Wellness Baskets, which are supplied to female patients receiving chemotherapy at McCullough-Hyde Hospital with items to make life more comfortable while undergoing cancer treatments.
Saturday is part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, and both coaching staffs will sport sneakers with their suits in support of this program. Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend gives coaches and coaching staff nationwide the chance to raise awareness of the many ways people can reduce their risk of cancer and is done in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society.
Earlier this year, Miami Head Coach John Cooper and area men's basketball head coaches from Cincinnati, Dayton, Wright State and Xavier hosted the second-annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast of Southwest Ohio to raise money for cancer research and programs. The event is a partnership of the NABC and the American Cancer Society. Join Coach Cooper and the Miami RedHawks in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays! To learn more visit CVCSouthwestOhio.org.
In addition to Cancer Awareness Week, Miami Athletics also will honor its student-athletes for a record-breaking semester in the classroom at this week's RedHawk men's basketball games.
During Wednesday's game, the 311 RedHawk student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or better will be recognized at halftime. On Saturday, Miami's 19 student-athletes who achieved a 4.0 GPA for the Fall 2012 semester will be honored at halftime. As a whole, Miami's more than 500 student-athletes combined for a 3.185 GPA, which is the best semester on record since beginning to track all-sport intercollegiate GPAs in 2005. Additionally, 16 of Miami's 18 teams averaged a 3.0 GPA or above last semester.
There are several ticket options for fans to take advantage of to be at Millett Hall for the live action. In addition to group ticket packages-which start at $8 per ticket for groups of 10 or more-and single-game tickets, the three-game Flex Plan allows patrons to choose which three games they want to attend for the low price of $48.
Saturday's game against Ball State also is a McFamily and Friends Day where patrons can purchase the package that includes four game tickets and four McDonald's Extra Value Meal vouchers for just $44.
To be a part of these exciting rivalry games in person, visit or call the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295, or click HERE.