2010-11 CRC News >> Press Release

Cancer Research Classic Basketball Line-up Announced
Wheeling Hospital-Sponsored Event Benefits Men's Health, Cancer Research

Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., June 29, 2010 -- Officials were on hand Tuesday at Wheeling Hospital to announce plans for the fourth playing of the Cancer Research Classic (CRC), set for Jan. 8 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men's Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital, and of the CRC, said, "Basketball events are excellent venues to use as vehicles to promote the cause of men's health. Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests. The CRC provides an opportunity for men not only to witness a day of great high school basketball, but also, obtain free health screenings."

Perennial nationally ranked top 20 high school basketball programs participating in this year's event include: Christ the King; DeMatha; Gonzaga; Mount Vernon; Neumann-Goretti; Northland; Rice; and St. Benedict's Prep.

This year's pairings are:

  • DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) vs. St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)
  • Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) vs. Christ the King (New York)
  • Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) vs. Mount Vernon (New York)
  • Rice (New York) vs. Northland (Columbus)
  • Archbishop John Carroll (Philadelphia) vs. Wheeling Park
  • St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic

More than 100 players who have played in the CRC have gone on to play college basketball throughout the U.S., including in such prominent programs as Villanova, Temple, Pitt, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Miami, Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas State, Texas and Arizona.

Multiple players from this year's line-up are being recruited by West Virginia University, Ohio State University and Pitt.

"When you sit and look where our kids are already playing, they're all through the ACC, the Big East the SEC. They're everywhere,'' said Merrick. "Tyreke Evans, who was last year's NBA Rookie of the Year, participated in the CRC inaugural event."

Proceeds of the CRC support Wheeling Hospital's men's health programs, undergraduate cancer research and medical physics programs.

Schiffler Cancer Center is internationally recognized having treated patients from 34 states and 14 foreign nations. Wheeling Hospital was the first West Virginia hospital ever to be awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC issued Wheeling Hospital a Three-Year Approval Award with Commendation – the highest ranking possible – and called the program "impeccable."