Oakland University coaches to act as grillers in support of the American Cancer Society

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published February 19, 2014

Oakland University’s athletic department is scheduled to host a Coaches Vs. Cancer charity event from 4-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at BD’s Mongolian Grill in Auburn Hills.

Oakland University coaches, including head women’s basketball coach Jeff Tungate, and swimming & diving associate head coach Shawn Kornoelje, will be taking to the grill to help support the cause.

While Oakland coaches won’t necessarily be there for the entire event, donations can be made during the entire time it is scheduled to run. If patrons present a card, which can be obtained from Oakland, 20 percent of the bill will be donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Tungate has also been a griller at past events.

“It’s gone very well,” he said. “Anytime you have a chance to do something for a great cause — every family knows someone effected by it, so it’s great for us to be able to raise money for a great cause.”

Aside from helping to raise funds for the ACS, the event also may provide an opportunity to see a different side of coaches.

“I know the coaches really like it,” said Taylor Blakely, who is Oakland’s Coordinator of Athletics Marketing, Promotions, and Ticketing. “They get to get out, act up a little bit and meet people. They get to show off their personalities a little bit more.”

“The one thing nice through sports is to be in a position where we can give back,” Tungate said. “To have a chance to give back and raise funds for a cause like that — any chance we get to do something like that, we’re more than willing to volunteer and help any way we possibly can. Coaches vs. Cancer is something that all the coaches have gotten behind for many, many years. I’m glad to be a part of it and, hopefully, raise funds to eventually find a cure.”

“It’s fantastic,” added Blakely. “It’s a great event and a great charity. It’s almost impossible to find one person who hasn’t had a direct family member, close friend, be affected with cancer in some way. To be able to help with ACS and to give back to them really means a lot to the entire department. I know that the coaches really like to be able to do their part because they’re usually so busy during the year. It kind of gives them a chance to have a little bit of fun and raise some money in the process.”

BD’s is located at 3325 University Drive in Auburn Hills on the corner of University and Squirrel, and is the only location where the event will take place.

To obtain cards, or for more information, Blakely can be contacted via email at blakely@oakland.edu, and by phone at (248) 370-4547.