It's interesting, the close relationship between community service and sports. In my years as a college athletics administrator, teams performing community service projects was almost a daily activity. Some coaches understood that community service has inherent benefits to a team beyond the 'good deed' being accomplished. It provides opportunities to show student-athletes how fortunate they are and the importance of teamwork and giving back to your neighbors. Sometimes, the cause would hit home for a coach or a student-athlete. This weekend's Coaches vs. Cancer high school hoops tournament at Hudson Valley Community College, hits home for a local high school hoops coach.

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Wednesday on The Drive with Charlie & Dan, we had the pleasure of hanging out with the Tamarac High School boys basketball coach, Eric Medved, the organizer of this weekend's tournament. Yes, we talked about Tamarac getting off to a 3-0 start and how great the kids on his team are but the contests played this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, mean way more to Coach Medved than a couple of basketball games. It's his way of fighting back.

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Like many of us, cancer has stolen loved ones from the Medved family. Therefore, like any top coach you battle with what you have. Coach Medved reached out to the American Cancer Society set up a 'Coaches vs. Cancer' event and just as expected, our friends Anthony Marino and Lizzie Hunter of ACS in the Capital Region were 'all in.' High school basketball coaches from around the region were 'all in' as well. Coach Medved and the other coaches put together an awesome schedule. Ticket and donation information is below.

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Friday, December 17th

6:30p Watervliet vs Greenville
8:00p Albany Academy vs Tamarac

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Saturday, December 18th

9:00a Middleburg vs Heatly
10:30a Northville vs Loudonville Christian
12:00p Canajoharie vs Greenville
1:30p Maple Hill vs Rensselaer
3:00p Bishop Gibbons vs Mechanicville
4:30p Bethlehem vs Fonda-Fultonville
6:00p Ballston Spa vs Hudson
7:30p Albany vs Schenectady

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Sunday, December 19th

9:00a Galway vs OESJ
10:30a Greenwich vs Fort Plain
12:00p Hoosic Valley vs Voorheesville
1:30p Ichabod Crane vs Taconic Hills
3:00p Schalmont vs Broadalbin
4:30p Tamarac vs Shaker
6:00p Saratoga vs Lansingburgh
7:30p Troy vs Green Tech

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Admission for each day is $8 dollars. All proceeds and donations above and beyond will go to benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative of the American Cancer Society. If you cannot attend, but would like to support please Venmo @ericcares or mail to Coach Medved at Tamarac 3992 NY2 Troy, NY 12180. All checks payable to American Cancer Society. Good luck to our buddy Coach Medved and all of the schools participating this weekend. A big thank you to Coach Medved for the photos and the schedule as well!

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