FREELAND, Mich. – Olivet College, and the rest of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Understanding Prevention and Screenings (P.C.U.P.S.) Foundation to sponsor Prostate Cancer Awareness Week Dec. 31-Jan. 6. The week will also show support for MIAA men's basketball coach Jay Smith of Kalamazoo College following his recent prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Olivet women's basketball team hosts Saint Mary's (Ind.) College on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for its prostate cancer awareness game. Olivet will donate all proceeds (gate and concessions) as well as any free-will donations to the P.C.U.P.S. Foundation. In addition, players from both teams will don blue wristbands during the game. The Olivet at Albion men's basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 3, has also been designated as a prostate cancer awareness game.
As part of the MIAA's Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, a fundraiser with the goal of $10,000 has been established. To participate, click here. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible and will fund prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings to men in Michigan.
The P.C.U.P.S. Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Mount Pleasant, Mich., aims to promote prostate cancer awareness through sport and recreation. P.C.U.P.S.' mission is to ensure the quality of men's everyday lifestyle and save lives by educating people about prostate cancer and helping save lives through early-detection screenings. Since 2012, The P.C.U.P.S. Foundation has raised over $125,000 and has provided over 1,500 PSA screenings for men in northeast Michigan.
To help spread awareness for men's health and prostate cancer education on social media outlets, we encourage the use of the hashtag #MIAAwithPCUPS on all platforms.