Coaches fight cancer as JU supports Ray of Light program

Feb. 1, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - While the JU men's basketball team is playing Gardner-Webb on Saturday, two great causes will be brought to the forefront.

JU has designated Saturday's game as "Ray of Light" day in support of one of the Dolphin's all-time greats, James Ray, who is suffering from a degenerative lung disorder. At halftime, JU will present a check to his wife, P.J., for the more than $15,000 raised and matched by fellow JU legend Roger Strickland.

"Any time that you can give back to others through a basketball game, it is tremendous," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We hope that the Ray of Light campaign helps James and his family during a very trying time. As the head coach at JU, I feel that it is only right that I help a man who is a legend to this program."

During the game, the JU coaching staff will be wearing suits and sneakers in support of the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.

"Cancer has affected almost every person in some way, from a friend to a loved one," Warren said. "All we're trying to do is show our support for the fight against cancer and the race to find a cure for a terrible disease."

The game pits the Dolphins against the early-season Cinderella story, Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs knocked off perennial power Kentucky at Rupp Arena in the Y2K Sports College Hoops Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, vaulting into the national spotlight.

"Any team that goes into Rupp Arena and beats Kentucky is a very good team," Warren said. "They are going to come in ready to play and we need to be ready to give our best effort."