MIAA Partners with P.C.U.P.S. to Increase Prostate Cancer Awareness

MIAA Partners with P.C.U.P.S. to Increase Prostate Cancer Awareness

FREELAND, Mich.--The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has partnered with Prostate Cancer Understanding Prevention and Screenings (P.C.U.P.S.) to sponsor Prostate Cancer Awareness Week Dec. 31-Jan. 6 at various MIAA men's and women's basketball games.

The MIAA/P.C.U.P.S. Prostate Cancer Awareness 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 Kalamazoo at Alma men's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. will be one of multiple basketball games that will focus on Prostate Cancer awareness.

To read more about Jay Smith's story, read this story from The Detroit News or watch this video from WWMT TV.

Adrian's keynote game for this cause will be on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when the Bulldog women will host Calvin at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center. Opening tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs and other participating teams will don light blue wristbands to show support and to promote prostate cancer awareness. Donations will be accepted at the ticket table in the MSFC lobby.

Information on men's health and prostate cancer will also be available for fans. 

As part of the MIAA's Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, a fundraiser with the goal of $10,000 has been established. To participate online, click here. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible and will fund prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings to men in Michigan. Or Adrian Athletics can accept your donation at the door on Wednesday.

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.

Link to MIAA/P.C.U.P.S. donation page | Learn more about P.C.U.P.S.