Over 200 college and high school basketball teams nationwide, including the Colgate Raiders, are using their spotlight on the court to raise money and raise cancer awareness.
"Yeah, I think it's a wonderful concept that across the country you can be competing with your favorite team and against other teams," said Raiders head coach Matt Langel. "Regardless of scores or conferences or location, you can kinda be involved as a fan in doing something that's bigger than your team or bigger than the NCAA. Really all being on the same team so to speak."
"Right now Colgate is on the leader board in the country, they're in the top 10 which is fantastic," said ACS Community Development Manager Melanie Francis. "They're going up against Duke and North Carolina, Florida, some of those bigger basketball schools and they're right there hanging with them. Right now, we're doing a rally week, we're trying to get more pledges this week. The school that gets the most new pledges will get a $15,000 bonus for the 3-point challenge."
Fans at home can get involved, you can go to http://3pointchallenge.org/ and pledge a certain amount of money. Every time the Raiders hit a shot from beyond the arc , that amount of money will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
But Colgate will stick to their game plan: Not forcing the threes, just letting the shots fall naturally.
"We are just out there playing," said assistant coach Dave Klatsky. "I cant say we're gonna shoot more for the cause, but we will try and raise more for the threes that we make for the cause."