Mike Slive Foundation uses basketball in fight against cancer

Posted by on February 4, 2019


When Mike Slive, the former commissioner of Conference USA and the SEC, passed away in 2018, he left behind a great legacy – but not just in college athletics.

Slive was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late ‘90s, and after retiring in 2015, he was the inspiration for a non-profit foundation with the mission of “saving lives by funding cutting-edge research and raising awareness of prostate cancer.”

The hope is that through funding and raising awareness, fewer men and families will be affected by this terrible disease.

As commissioner, Slive ushered in a golden age in SEC sports, including multiple national titles in both football and basketball. So it makes sense, then, for basketball to be a main way the foundation brings its message to people.

The Block Cancer initiative is a partnership with Conference USA, which Slive headed in the ‘90s, where games will be dedicated to promoting the foundation.

Praters has partnered with the Mike Slive Foundation to brand the courts for each of these games with our PlayOn Decals.

“We are grateful for Praters’ contribution to our Block Cancer Initiative,” said Anna Slive Harwood, Mike Slive’s daughter and president of the foundation. “By providing us with the large floor decals for each C-USA institution, they have joined our fight to help raise awareness of and funding for prostate cancer. If just a few men at any one of our Block Cancer games goes and gets tested, we could be helping to save a life!”

Many of these games will be televised in the coming days. Check out the schedule below.

And if you would like to learn more about the Mike Slive Foundation and the fight against prostate cancer, head over to their website.

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