By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 4, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leonard Hamilton has had to deal with family members dying of cancer, one too many times. That's why he's teaming up with the American Cancer Society for the month of February.
It is so important to him, and he hopes you'll help him, along with the American Cancer Society to find a cure for this terrible disease.
Coach Hamilton goes to work everyday, trying to find the right game plan to beat the best teams in the country. But like so many in this world, he has taken losses by the dreaded C word of Cancer.
"There's no doubt that my family's been effected by it," says Coach Hamilton. "My grandmother died of cancer, my father, my mother, and two of my brothers."
Even as the regular season starts to wind down, Coach Hamilton and other coaches all over the country have been working hard to help get the word out about the disease that has impacted to many families and lives.
"We're trying to be involved," says Coach. "Just to make people aware. Raise the consciousness and try to put some emphasis on the importance of us raising as much money as possible for research, so that we can find a cure."
Coach Hamilton and FSU are joining forces with the American Cancer Society. The hope is that with each other's help, they can raise enough money to help create a winning game plan to cure the disease.
"There's over 500 schools right now participating in this," says Dee Dee Rudd with the American Cancer Society. "But what it does, it gives us an opportunity as far as to not only rally behind the Seminoles, but also give a chance for them to get behind American Cancer Society and the community."
For every 3-point basket made by the Seminoles in the month of February, a donation will be made to ACS.
"I just know sooner or later we're going do it, and it's going to make a big difference in all of our lives," says Coach Hamilton.
This year, the Seminoles have given fans plenty to cheer about. Now, Coach Ham and the ACS are hoping fans can help return the favor by helping them take down on the baddest villains known to man -- cancer.
"Just curious do you shoot some three's in practice?" We asked.
"Absolutely, absolutely not," says Coach Ham. "My three-point shooting days are over."
If you'd like to donate to the cause you can head to FSU's 3 Point Challenge website.