Villanova football Head Coach Andy Talley has officially announced the creation of The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation!
Coach Talley has recently started the foundation to support the "Get in the Game and Save a Life" campaign sponsored by the National Marrow Donor Program-Be The Match Registry. Coach Talley's mission with his Bone Marrow Foundation is to "promote bone marrow testing awareness, as well as organize, host and fund bone marrow donor tests across college campuses nationwide." Coach Talley has worked closely with the National Marrow Donor Program for the past 19 years, and hosts a testing site on Villanova University's campus each spring.
Athletics Director Vince Nicastro states:
"Coach Talley has made a real impact on the Villanova Community in many ways during his time here as head football coach, however his tireless work on the bone marrow program may end up being his most enduring legacy. Through his work, many lives have already been saved and the Foundation will provide for many in future generations."
Along with the creation of the foundation, Coach Talley would like to announce three exciting events to take place on Villanova's Campus during the spring of 2011.
"Now that I have a Foundation, the potential to save lives through the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation is so exciting and has created a chance for the Villanova community to get involved" stated Talley. "Both the BASH and the 5k run are wonderful opportunities to personally be involved in raising both bone marrow awareness and much needed funds to do more testing."
List of events after The Jump.
Bone Marrow BASH- 2/26/2011
The Inaugural event for the Coach Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation will be a Bone Marrow Foundation BASH to be held on Saturday night, February 26th. The event will begin at 7PM on Villanova's campus in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. The BASH will feature music from the Chatterband, as well as dinner and drinks, a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $50.00 per person and all proceeds from the event will go directly to the Foundation. To purchase tickets, click HERE.
Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation 5K-4/9/2011
Coach Talley would also like to announce the Inaugural Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation 5K Race. The 5K will take place on Villanova's campus on Saturday morning, April 9th at 10AM. The 5K run will take place on the beautiful main line campus, and will feature a USATF certified course. The start of the race will begin in the Villanova Football Stadium on the Jumbo Elliot Track. Parking is free! All bib timing will be run by NOVA Timing Systems. Refreshments and tee-shirts will be available for all participants. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners plus the top 3 in ten year age groups: 13 & under through 70 & over, as well as top 3 male and female walkers!
Entry fee for all pre-registrants will be $20.00 if received by 4/6/2011, after and day of registration will be $25.00. Student pre-registrant fee will be $16.00 if received by 4/6/2011, after and day of registration for students will be $20.00. To register in advance, click HERE.
Villanova's Bone Marrow Testing Day- 4/14/2011
Coach Talley and the Villanova Football Team will once again host a bone marrow testing drive on Villanova's Campus on Thursday, April 14th in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. Testing will take place from 10AM to 4PM. The slogan for this year's testing will once again be "Get in the Game and Save a Life." Since 1992, Coach Talley's efforts in bone marrow testing have resulted in over 20,000 potential donors being successfully tested and entered into the national registry. 30 College Football teams across the country will also once again be involved with hosting their own Bone Marrow Testing Days on campus in the spring. Local teams involved include: University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Lehigh and Delaware. Others include: Bowling Green, San Jose State, Harvard, and Yale to name a few.