The Penn State basketball program played host to its 21st annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on campus Friday.
A total of more than 60 five-somes were spread across the university’s Blue Course and White Course for the morning and afternoon sessions. And to say the dispositions were as sunny as the Happy Valley spring weather would be an understatement. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1781655-about-to-announce-...
“It’s such and awesome tradition we’ve got going here,” former Nittany Lion basketball player Tyler Smith said. “I love that it’s building and growing every year, helping a lot of local families and people. I love being a part of it. For me, it’s an automatic. End of May, early June, this is where we are.”
“Coaches vs. Cancer has been going on for a long time and has done great things in the cancer community,” added former PSU football player Brett Brackett. “It’s one of those things that, Penn State is a great place, and anytime there is something good going on — a good cause — I love to get behind it.”
The Penn State chapter of CVC was founded in 1995 by then-Nittany Lion basketball coach Bruce Parkhill. In recent years, Parkhlll and fellow former PSU coach Jerry Dunn have been back for the tournament every spring.
Of course, the host is current coach Pat Chambers. But there are others — like former Lion hoops player Brian Allen — who have been a part of the tournament committee for all 21 years.
“I’ve been involved with the committee since Day One,” Allen said. “(Former players look) forward to getting together again. There’s a common bond — having played basketball for Penn State.”
And it is not limited to those who played on the hardwood at Penn State. Trey Bauer, a starting linebacker on PSU’s 1986 national championship football team, is a frequent participant in the tournament.
“It’s been a great honor,” Bauer said. “It’s one of those things where every time you come back, you see familiar faces and new folks that are involved. I think it’s wonderful the work they do and all the money they raise.”
It seems everyone has a personal story about how cancer has impacted their lives and/or the lives of loved ones. Take former Penn State basketball player Titus Ivory, for example.
“Coaches vs. Cancer is a very prestigious obligation of mine,” Ivory said. “My grandmother died of cancer. My sister just beat and crushed a battle with lymphoma. It’s touched my life in a ton of ways. So to come back and give back to a great cause, it’s just part of who I am.”
Over the years, Penn State’s chapter of CVC has grown to encompass the entire State College community. It is well know that money made though PSU CVC is used to help cancer patients (and their families) within the region.
Scott Walker, whose full-time gig is as general manager of the minor league State College Spikes, volunteers as director of PSU CVC.
And he was quick to point out that he is not alone — especially during tournament week. On-course helpers this year ran the range of Davies’ Bahr — the 90-something wife of legendary PSU soccer coach Walter Bahr — all the way to several members of the State College Area High softball team who got a day off from school to volunteer.
“There’s over 60 five-somes,” Walker said. “And it takes hundreds of people to do that. It takes a lot of money and time and effort. We can’t speak highly enough of the people who are willing to give their time and come out here today to help out with everything we’re doing.
“If you look around, everybody’s having a great time,” he added. “And it’s because of everybody that’s chipping in and helping out.”