ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will be looking to win both on and off the court when they host Binghamton on Wednesday.
The Great Danes hope to beat the Bearcats, but the school is also looking to raise money for a good cause. Guard Peter Hooley’s mother has been battling colon cancer for the last four years.
Hooley is originally from Australia, and it has been tough for him to watch his mother struggle halfway around the world.
“It’s a testament to his mental toughness that he’s able to get through those things,” forward Sam Rowley said.
“It’s been hard,” Hooley said. “I’m not gonna lie and say it’s been an easy road.”
Hooley said his mother’s cancer fight almost prevented him from coming to the Capital Region.
“I told her I’m going to be home for you, and she cut me off and made me promise I’d go if not for myself than for her, and that’s just a dedication to her. She’s so selfless in everything she does.”
But Wednesday night, he and the Great Danes will help fight the deadly disease head on. UAlbany will be lending a hand for the Undies Run to Support Bowel Cancer.
“We’re just excited that we’re able to put this together tomorrow night,” head coach Will Brown said. “And on such short notice, we’re going to do the best that we can with it, and I think it will be a huge success.”
The school is set to sell 500 navy blue wristbands for $3 each in the SEFCU Arena lobby. All the proceeds will go to the Cancer Council of South Australia.
The game tips off at 7 p.m.