Marseilles, Illinois - Exelon Nuclear's Dresden and LaSalle Stations are signature sponsors of this Friday's Coaches vs. Cancer event, hosted by the Interstate Eight basketball conference.
Each of the conference's 12 Illinois High School Association schools has been selling t-shirts to raise money for the Coaches vs. Cancer organization. LaSalle and Dresden donated $6,000 towards the purchase of the shirts. The conference's basketball teams will play games this Friday, Feb. 5, and all students and fans are encouraged to wear the shirts.
According to Seneca High School coach Russell Witte, who coordinated the event with his coaching colleagues, the Interstate Eight Conference hopes to raise several thousands of dollars through this fundraiser.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Coaches vs. Cancer empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.
"Cancer has touched the lives of so many people in the U.S., so the coaches of the Interstate Eight conference thought this was a great way to band together to raise awareness about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection and making healthy lifestyle choices," Witte said. "We truly appreciate the support that Exelon Nuclear has provided to help us coordinate such an important event in our communities."
"Exelon Nuclear is proud stand with the Interstate Eight to help make this important public health campaign successful," said Dresden Station Site Vice President Tim Hanley. "This is one of the many ways we are able to demonstrate our commitment to the local communities in which we operate and where our employees make their homes."
The varsity games, played Friday, Feb. 5, will be at the following schools and times:
- Herscher at Lisle, 7 p.m.
- Westmont at Sandwich, 7 p.m.
- Plano at Seneca, 7 p.m.
- Wilmington at Peotone, 7:15 p.m.
- Coal City at Reed-Custer, 7:15 p.m.
- Manteno at Dwight, 7:15 p.m.
Last year alone, LaSalle and Dresden Generating Station donated a combined $130,000 to a wide range of local organizations, including charitable contributions to help LaSalle and Grundy Counties improve environmental, educational and recreational initiatives within local communities.