NASHVILLE --- College basketball coaches from around the state of Tennessee put rivalries aside for one night to come together for a great cause. Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford was among the honored guests at The American Cancer Society’s Nashville Coaches vs. Cancer Tennessee Tip-off Reception on Thursday night at Vanderbilt’s Commodore Ballroom.
“This is a great event, and it has grown every year,” Ford said. “Tonight is bigger than basketball. This year you’ve got coaches from all across the state of Tennessee. It’s great to be able to raise more awareness and raise money to try to find a cure for a disease that is an enemy to all of us. Hopefully we can do our part to grow this event to be even bigger next year.”
The event featured an auction with proceeds and ticket profits benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Auction items included autographed sports memorabilia and guitars in addition to game-day experiences from different teams. TSU auctioned off a trip with the team to experience the first game of the season on Nov. 10 versus Kansas at historic Allen Fieldhouse.
ESPN’s Sean Farnham, as well as Braden Gall and Jason Fitz from 102.5 The Game ESPN Radio Nashville served as the hosts for the night. Former Austin Peay Head Coach Dave Loos and former Valparaiso Head Coach Homer Drew were guest speakers at the event.
The night ended with a panel discussion with Ford and other coaches from the state about the upcoming season.
The active coaches in attendance on the night included:
- Dana Ford (Tennessee State)
- Anthony Stewart (UT Martin)
- Bryce Drew (Vanderbilt)
- Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee)
- Steve Forbes (East Tennessee State)
- Tubby Smith (Memphis)
- Casey Alexander (Lipscomb)
- Rick Byrd (Belmont)
- Matt Figger (Austin Peay)
- Scott Combs (Martin Methodist)