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FEATURE: Chambers, CVC Leading the Fight Against Cancer

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VIDEO: Patrick Chambers and Bill O'Brien Address the Media at the CVC Golf Tournament

Photo Gallery: 2013 CVC Golf Tournament

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Attitude is the name of the game for everything Patrick Chambers does.

He and the Nittany Lion basketball program live by the motto of approaching adversity with a choice.  You can either face challenges with a positive attitude or dwell on them with a negative attitude.

CVCblog_1.jpgFor Coach Chambers, there really is no choice. Everything he touches has a positive tone involved with it.

The atmosphere surrounding Friday's 17th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament at the Penn State Golf Courses was living proof of that.

Chambers was hired on the day of the CVC golf outing in 2011, and a warm, sun-splashed Friday provided the setting for another positive step for he and the outstanding event held at the Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses.

"It is a class event, a premier event," Chambers said.  "You see how it is run, you see the sponsors, you see how it is organized - it is amazing.  There is pressure on you to keep it going, to keep it fresh and to make sure you are out front.  I want to be involved. I am going to be here.  I am in this for the long haul.  We want to keep it this way - first class and with the community so involved.  It is very important to me."

Chambers, who spent the morning session making the rounds on the golf course saying hello and greeting the participants before playing golf in the afternoon, has the perfect attitude to lead a fight against a deadly disease, largely because he truly never gives up.

He invited several Penn State head coaches, including head football coach Bill O'Brien, to be a part of this year's golf tournament.  In all, 10 coaches jumped at the opportunity to participate in the event to help the cause to fight against cancer.

"It's a great event to be a part of," said O'Brien, whose mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  "I think Pat (Chambers) has done a fantastic job of involving not just the Penn State Athletics community, but the whole community of State College.  It's just fun to be able to play golf knowing its for a fantastic cause."

Chambers and O'Brien were paired together in a grouping during the afternoon session on Friday.  The CVC raised more than $5,100 in an auction to earn the right to play with Chambers and O'Brien.  Both head coaches are very good friends outside of their day-to-day jobs, and it was a thrill for the four winners of the auction to play a round with them.

"I'm a big supporter of Pat (Chambers), what he stands for and what he is trying to do here," O'Brien said.

Chambers and O'Brien genuinely enjoy each other's company, and they always tend to keep things light when they are together.  The duo wasted little time taking jabs at one another on the golf course.  Chambers asked O'Brien before they headed for the first hole if he was going to take some practice swings on the range.  O'Brien said 'no', his first swing of the day comes on the first hole.

"It's his tournament," O'Brien joked as he turned to Chambers. "I'm just here to caddy."

"I brought my field hockey stick (laughter)," Chambers added.

The leader of Nittany Lion football ripped his opening drive down the fairway of the first hole at the Blue Course, which led to an O'Brien birdie putt to kick-start the group's round.  Meanwhile, Chambers was in the background calling his counterpart a sandbagger.

Beyond the laughs and lighthearted talk on the course, Chambers and O'Brien are among many leaders who play an integral role in a battle much bigger than a win or loss on the football field.  A great deal of credit goes out to former Nittany Lion basketball leaders Bruce Parkhill, Jerry Dunn (both of which were in attendance on Friday) and Ed DeChellis for helping lead the Penn State CVC into what it has become today.

The CVC Golf Tournament is the flagship event of the organization created to raise funds year-round to support the American Cancer Society affected by the disease in Centre County through the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund (BCAF).  In addition to the golf tournament, Coaches vs. Cancer conducts a year-round calendar of seven events.

The golf tournament has more than doubled in size since it began in 1996-'97, and there could not be a better man with a better attitude continuing to lead the Penn State CVC fight than Coach Chambers.

With the funds raised in 2013, the CVC eclipses $2 million raised in the fight against cancer.  While it was a fun day on the golf course, the bigger fight cannot be stated enough. 
To get involved as a sponsor or participant in Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer please visit CVCPENNSTATE.ORG or call 814-330-3337.

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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