The Fort Osage Indians will host to the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suit and Sneakers game at the Fort Osage High School gymnasium when they play host to the Raytown Blue Jays at 7 p.m.

The Fort Osage boys basketball team will be seeking help from area basketball fans tonight.

The Indians will host to the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suit and Sneakers game at the Fort Osage High School gymnasium when they play host to the Raytown Blue Jays at 7 p.m.

The game will serve as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for research.

Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson started this game two seasons ago as a way to give back to cancer research after losing three grandparents and a college coach, Lee Kariker, to cancer.

His father, uncle and other college coach, William Jewell head coach Larry Holley, have all been diagnosed with cancer and been able to beat it.

“I really like doing this game because it gives back to a cause more important that basketball,” Wilson said. “It’s about helping out in any way that you can. It shows our kids that there are things out there that are more important than basketball and teaches our guys an important lesson.”

Wilson and his staff also will make a fashion statement by wearing sneakers with usual game attire to show their support of the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and to raise awareness in a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Cancer Society.

Minimum $1 donations are being accepted. Once you donate $1, you will receive a sheet to write your name or the name of someone you know affected by cancer. These will hang in the Fort Osage commons area and in the gym for the entire month February.

Wilson said he will personally donate $3 for every 3-pointer made by either team to the Coaches vs. Cancer association.

“This game is our way of giving a little back while getting in a home game,” Wilson said. “It’s a good cause and one worth fighting for.”

Fort Osage is looking to beat last year’s donations total of $376. If you would like to donate, contact Wilson at 816-650-7260 or Stephanie Smith at 650-7019. Donations also will be accepted at the game. 

To learn more, visit cancer.org/coaches or call 1-800-ACS-2345.