Women's Basketball Coach
"As coaches and educators, we have a responsibility to demonstrate to our students and athletes, the importance of getting involved in the community and how the action of one person can lead to change."
Women's Basketball Coach Tony Price understands the value of teamwork and setting a good example. That's why he developed the idea of "Passionate Purple" week, a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Price said, "As coaches of women, we've got to be sensitive to other issues and not just breast cancer...."
A chronic auto-immune disease, lupus, affects various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, and kidneys. According to the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), approximately 7 million cases have been reported around the world—and the majority of those affected are women, especially women of color.
Price decided to create "Passionate Purple" week to help raise awareness and funding for lupus after learning that both the mother of a basketball player he mentored, and the friend of his wife have the disease. "Passionate Purple" week, held January 17-24, featured games among the 13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Division 3 women's basketball teams that raised awareness and collected donations for the LFA.