January 29, 2013
Indiana State University's Greg Lansing joined college basketball coaches around the country last weekend in wearing sneakers with his suit at courtside to promote cancer prevention.
But the head coach of the Sycamore men's team didn't stop there. He challenged others, including Speaker Brian Bosma and others in the Indiana House of Repreesentatives, to don sneakers with their business suits in support of the "Suits and Sneakers" challenge in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.
On Monday, Bosma and other state legislators took up the challenge, giving their dress shoes a rest in favor of sneakers as they conducted business at the Statehouse.
"We're happy to be comfortable in our tennis shoes for a day," Bosma quipped. "And I suspect we're going to be very fast in the building around here today and things are going to move more quickly than normal."
At the suggestion of state Rep. Bob Heaton of Terre Haute, an Indiana State alumnus who played on the legendary 1979 Sycamore team that made it to the NCAA championship game, Bosma invited Lansing to the Statehouse to be recognized on behalf of all six Indiana collegiate coaches who took part in the "Suits and Sneakers" challenge.
"We all have either been personally affected, or know of someone who has battled cancer," Bosma said. "The toll that this deadly disease has on Hoosiers is staggering. Until a cure is found, we can help raise awareness and show compassion to the families that are involved."
According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Indiana residents heard the words "you have cancer" and 13,000 of them lost their lives to the disease. Suits and Sneakers is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.
During his Statehouse visit, Lansing encouraged House members and staff to continue to raise awareness on ways to reduce the risk of cancer. These include eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.
"Cancer affects thousands of families across our state," said Bosma. "I appreciated the efforts that our Indiana collegiate coaches took in challenging the Legislature to help raise awareness. It was a great opportunity to show our fellow Hoosiers (that) they're not alone in this fight."Visit www.cancer.org for more information on helping to spread the message and fight back against cancer.
Photo: http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/Events/Suits-and-Sneakers-at/i-wZmcM2c/0/L/01_28_13_suits_and_sneakers-2306-L.jpg - State Reps. Alan Morrison of Terre Haute, Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Bob Heaton of Terre Haute join Indiana State University head men's basketball coach Greg Lansing Monday at the Statehouse in showing off the sneakers they wore to promote cancer prevention.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma recognized Indiana State University head men's basketball coach Greg Lansing Monday for the efforts by Lansing and other collegiate coaches to raise awareness for cancer prevention via the "Suits and Sneakers" challenge.