We are right in the middle of the NBA playoffs. So perhaps it is fitting that the 2015 Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on campus this week will have an NBA feel to it.
There will be plenty of Nittany Lion hoops and football mixed in, as well, not to mention a dash of extreme sports, as PSU coach Pat Chambers plays host to the 19th annual event.
Leading the NBA charge is former PSU point guard Tim Frazier, who is now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. He'll be joined by Kyle Lowry, the Villanova product who is fresh off a season in which he helped lead the Toronto Raptors to an Atlantic Division title.
Former NBA guard Ron Harper is back for his second year at CVC. Also returning is former Lion guard Joe Crispin, who had a brief NBA stint and enjoyed a long pro career in Europe.
On the Penn State football front, head coach James Franklin will be part of the CVC festivities for a second straight year. Former PSU and NFL receiver Scott Fitzkee is slated to golf. And former Nittany Lion assistant coach Jay Paterno is taking part in the event.
As usual, X-Game star Jamie Bestwick, who lives in State College and heads up the Bestwick Foundation to help locals who are dealing with cancer, is pitching in with CVC, as well.
As much fun as the tournament is -- with a gala reception Thursday night followed by the tournament on the Blue and White Courses Friday -- Chambers was quick to note that there is a very serious side of the event, too. Since its inception nearly two decades ago, PSU CVC has raised more than $2 million for the fight against cancer in Centre County.
And there always seem to be reminders of how important it is to keep up the fight.
It's been a great challenge, because this time last year my brother passed way (from cancer), Chambers said last week. And a great friend of mine, Kathy Drysdale, is battling. Hopefully she is finishing her chemo as I speak. And Mitch Stover, our equipment manager, he has a major surgery next week down in Hershey.
It's real difficult and challenging, Chambers added. However, we need to be that support for them. To put a smile on their face, to give them a hug or to support them in any way we can to help them get through these challenging times.
You can see our interview with Chambers above. Meanwhile, if you'd like to donate to PSU CVC or want more information on this week's event, please click the link below.