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Andy Talley's Be The Match influence goes conference wide

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This is great news.

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Earlier today, the CAA announced that it would be partnering with Be The Match in a league-wide initiative to further the recruitment efforts of the largest bone marrow registry in the world. All 12 schools have committed to holding registry drives on their campus in the coming year as part of the "Get In The Game, Save A Life" program that was co-founded by Villanova Wildcats head coach Andy Talley.

The conference will also hold "Be The Match Saturday" on October 31st and use three nationally televised games to communicate more information about Be The Match. CAA teams will wear commemorative patches and decals on their game day apparel as well.

This announcement is another huge step forward in Andy Talley's influence on Be The Match's growth. Talley was given the Rod Carew Leadership Award this past fall for his commitment to the program and since 1992, has recruited over 52,000 people to join the registry, with 194 being matched with an ailing patient.

Congrats Coach Talley, and keep up the good work!