The Penn State chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer reached a major milestone recently, going over $3 million in net funds raised through the years. The chapter was launched in 1995 under then-coach Bruce Parkhill and has remained highly successful through the tenures of Jerry Dunn, Ed DeChellis and now Pat Chambers.
“The men and women who volunteer their talents and time to our Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State chapter personify selflessness, sacrifice and dedication,” Chambers said. “I am thankful for their efforts as this organization assists individuals in their battles against cancer. Our Penn State chapter has been recognized nationally for its success in fundraising and this is another great achievement, one that has a tremendous impact on our local community.”
The important milestone in PSU-CVC’s history was acknowledged during a timeout in the second half of Penn State’s 63-62 win over No. 13 Virginia Tech at the Bryce Jordan Center Tuesday night.
Since becoming Penn State’s head coach in 2011, Chambers has seen the local chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer continue to grow. Its primary annual fundraiser is the PSU Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament, which included more than 300 golfers and raised $130,000 this year. But there are other events that help the organization, including a reverse drawing to win a car and a brew expo.
When Parkhill retired in 1995, Dunn took over as head coach and the face of PSU-CVC. When he moved on in 2003, DeChellis took over and led the program and PSU-CVC until leaving to become head coach at Navy in 2011. Since then, Chambers has been in charge.
Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer will be highlighted when the Nittany Lions play host to Purdue at the Bryce Jordan Center Jan. 31. A portion of each ticket sold for the game will benefit the local chapter of CVC.
Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer supports the American Cancer Society and the local Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Perks was one of the early organizers of PSU-CVC and a longtime officer of the Penn State Hoops Club before passing away in 2005 following a long fight with melanoma. His wife, Doreen, created the BPCAF and remains heavily involved in CVC. The BPCAF offers financial assistance to local families who are dealing with cancer, doing things for them like paying household bills or arranging travel for treatments.
For more information or if you would like to donate to Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer, you can visit the organization’s website or call 814-238-3430.
The Nittany Lions are off to a 4-2 start in the 2018-19 season, and they open Big Ten play against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday. The game tips off at 5 p.m. and can be seen on BTN.