TOWSON, Md. - For the second year in a row, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football coaching staff will join their coaching colleagues across the nation by participating in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) "Coach to Cure MD" event when the Tigers travel to Columbia University on Saturday, September 25 for a matchup with the Lions.
Last year, the Tiger coaching staff was among the 5,246 coaches from 351 schools to wear shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the "Coach to Cure MD." The Tiger coaches wore the patches during the Tigers' game at Morgan State last season.
"In partnership with the American Football Coaches Association, our coaching staff will be wearing the 'Coach to Cure MD' patches on our sleeves on Saturday to bring a little more attention to Muscular Dystrophy and, in particular, Duchenne muscular dystrophy," says Coach Ambrose. "This genetic disorder attacks boys across continents, cultures and races without prejudice. It is extremely important to me and my staff that we engage wholeheartedly in any effort that can help bring about positive change for the future of young men."
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.
The financial service firm TIAA-CREF has signed on again this year as the national sponsor and will donate air-time on September 25th for a Coach to Cure MD commercial.
"Coach to Cure MD is a tremendous cause for the sport of college football," says Grant Teaff, Executive Director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. "The coaches' support during the last two seasons has been outstanding and we aim for even more success this year. The AFCA is proud to be involved in such an important effort."
"The Coach to Cure MD program is in line with the core values of college football," says Mount Union Coach Larry Kehres, the current president of the AFCA. "We believe we can raise millions of dollars to support this crucial effort. Help us in the fight to end Duchenne."
In addition to the coaches' efforts, families affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.
Anyone interested in supporting the cause can donate in two different ways.
To donate $5 to "Coach to Cure MD," text the word "CURE" to 90999. Donations will also be accepted by visiting www.coachtocuremd.org and making a donation.