Fans who turned on ESPNU for the Valparaiso men’s basketball season opener at Arizona on Monday saw new Crusader head coach Bryce Drew sporting a light blue blazer in his debut. Drew was wearing the bright jacket not as a fashion statement, but in support of his father Homer’s fight with prostate cancer. Now, with Valpo hosting a subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer next weekend, fans will have the chance to support the fight against cancer.
Drew will again sport the light blue jacket for the Crusaders’ game next Friday against Akron, as light blue is the prostate cancer awareness color. The entire coaching staff will also be wearing light blue as well, while the players will all be wearing light blue shooting shirts during warmups.
There will also be light blue t-shirts available for fans in exchange for a donation on Friday night, while students who pledge to “Stay a Day” and push back the start of their Thanksgiving break by one day will receive light blue wristbands. Drew and the entire coaching staff will also all be sporting yellow later in the weekend, in support of mother Janet Drew’s battle with bladder cancer. All money raised over the course of the weekend will be donated to cancer research in Homer and Janet’s names.