MOUNT PLEASANT -- Central Michigan basketball coach Ernie Zeigler has always been known as one of the best-dressed coaches in the Mid-American Conference.
For Saturday's game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Zeigler will sport an old school look on the Chippewa sideline.
Zeigler and other members of CMU's coach staff will be wearing bow ties in support of ON THE LINE, a national prostate cancer education and awareness campaign.
ON THE LINE is teaming up with the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA), an organization that represents and supports African American collegiate basketball and football coaches, to encourage African American men to not only learn the risk factors of prostate cancer, but also how to communicate with loved ones and physicians about their health.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making prostate cancer more prevalent than breast cancer. African American men are also more likely to develop prostate cancer than other ethnic groups and are more likely to die from the disease, according to ON THE LINE.
As part of Black History Month in February, ON THE LINE and the BCA are proclaiming the week of Feb. 18-26 as "Statement Week." During Statement Week, nearly 100 African American Division I men's basketball coaches will show their support by wearing a bow tie and an ON THE LINE button during their game.
More information can be found at www.ontheline.com.