NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men's basketball video coordinator James White was an honored guest at the 2016 Nashville Best Dressed Ball on Friday night. The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Finish the Fight Against Cancer program, was held at The Bell Tower in Downtown Nashville.
White, who in his second season on Head Coach Dana Ford's staff, battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia from ages 6-10. A native of Memphis, Tenn., White underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. White was excited about the opportunity to work with the American Cancer Society to support the cause.
"When I look back on my years at St. Jude, I realize how it's not as much about what you're going through, but the people who you meet and those relationships along the way," White said. "I was fortunate enough to come in contact with (ACS Coordinator) Caroline Floyd as soon as I got to TSU. We met through the Coaches vs. Cancer event which has led to other opportunities to give back, like tonight's event. Everyone involved with the American Cancer Society does an unbelievable job serving and I've always enjoyed helping out."
The night consisted of live music, a silent auction and an introduction of the honorees with the proceeds of the night benefiting the American Cancer Society.
During his time as a student at the University of Memphis, White helped with the "Up 'til Dawn" fundraiser for St. Jude and continues to be involved with St. Jude through the "Dream Home" Giveaway in Nashville and the "Long Term Follow up Program".
Earlier in the fall semester, the Tennessee State men's basketball players and staff volunteered at the American Cancer Society Memorial Hope Lodge in Nashville, serving dinner to the residents and their families.