Coaches vs Cancer
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Bigger than the Game

Fox 23 | March 1, 2021 | 7:30pm

Hosted by

Will & Jamie Brown 

Carmen & Laura Maciariello

Presented by

SEFCUPrime Businesses


  • Our Founding Fathers: Ken Raymond, John Murray, Bob Curly
  • Peter Hooley, Former UAlbany Men’s Basketball Player
  • The McCaffery Family, Iowa Basketball
  • The Watroba Family, A Capital Region Coaches vs Cancer Family
  • Matt & Jacob Shell, Cancer Survivors, Burnt Hills, NY

Thank you to our Coaches vs Cancer Basket “Ball”  Sponsors!


Meet Our Honorees!

Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award: Colin Clive

Colin Clive, a 2014 graduate of Siena College,  was 26-years-old when he received the devastating news that he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Over the next two years, Colin received chemotherapy and has most recently undergone what appears to be a successful experimental treatment.

In January, Colin tragically lost both of his parents within the same week. Clive’s mother, Barbara, first, and Dave Clive died just days after.

Despite all that Colin has faced over the last few years he is committed to beating his cancer diagnosis. He truly embodies the Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit.


A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Colin here

Read more about his journey and the support system that has rallied around him.

Inspiration Award: Coach Ali Jaques & Coach Marc Rybczyk

It was just two years ago Marc was given the prognosis of two months to live. Today he is cancer-free. Marc & Ali are true inspirations to never give up.

Ali Jaques, Siena women’s basketball coach, and her husband, Marc Rybczyk, former Niagara men’s assistant coach got engaged in August 2019, Rybczyk found out he had stage 4 cancer in the fall. While Marc was going through treatment,  Ali was there for him every step of the way to ensure he would beat it. Learn more about undergoing treatment and the couple’s journey. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)

National Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award: Coach Will Brown

The Champion Award – instituted in 1996 – honors coaches who have shown extraordinary leadership and commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and fighting cancer from every angle.

UAlbany’s Coach Will Brown has been a leader in the fight against cancer for 15 years – since the inception of Albany’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basket “Ball”. As a co-host of this event he – along with his wife Jamie – actively helps with planning, promoting, and supporting the fundraising efforts of this event. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for the American Cancer Society.

Coaches vs Cancer Youth Initiative

The Coaches vs. Cancer School and Youth Initiative is a program designed to encourage student-athletes, coaches, fans, parents, athletic directors and local communities to become involved and make an impact in the fight against cancer.

From basketball courts to lacrosse fields and from football fields to running tracks – any COACH, TEAM, REFEREE, COMMUNITY MEMBER and BUSINESS can be a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program!

Contact us today to join our team!

    Past Honorees

    2018 Clarkie Carrol, Daniel StClair & Mike Hopkins

    2017 Mary Ann Donnelly & Mike Brey & Doug McClaine
    2016 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation & Tom Izzo
    2015 Fran & Margaret McCaffery & Peter Hooley
    2014 Jim Calhoun & Rick Bennett
    2013 George Karl & Don Bassett
    2012 Bobby Cremins & Bob Curley, John Murray, Ken Raymond

    2011 Steve Lavin & The Teeing Off On Cancer Committee
    2010 Brian Fruscio & Albany Academies / Matt & Jacob Shell
    2009 Jamie Dixon & Brendan Finneran
    2008 Gary Williams & Joe Watroba
    2007 Phil Martelli
    2006 Jim Boeheim

    Planning Committee

    Stephen Aguglia
    Jamie Brown
    DJ Carstensen
    Peter D’Aloia
    Amy Gerling
    Jeff Holmes

    Josh Jennings
    Ken Jubie
    Doug Keenholts
    Kathy Lanni
    Barb MacDowell
    Doug McClaine

    Mike O’Malley
    John Palmeri
    Michael Raymond
    Lizzie Schlegel
    Lee Serravillo

    Rebecca Smith
    Ryan Venter
    Rico Viscusi
    Travis Wilson

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These disparities are largely grounded in historical and persistent racism in the U.S., preventing Black women from accessing high-quality cancer treatment and staying on track with treatment compared with white women. #BlackHistoryMonth 

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    As we celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth we are reminded of the cancer disparities in the Black community. African Americans have a higher cancer burden and face greater obstacles to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survival. 

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