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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Attitude is everything for Patrick Chambers.
He and the Nittany Lion basketball program live by the motto of approaching any type of adversity with a choice. You can either face challenges with a positive attitude or dwell on them with a negative attitude.
For Chambers, there really is no choice.
Everything he touches has a positive tone involved with it.
The atmosphere at Friday's 18th 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 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. More than 300 golfers took the courses on Friday, including several Penn State head coaches. Baseball's Rob Cooper, women's lacrosse's Missy Doherty, men's volleyball's Mark Pavlik, women's hockey's Josh Brandwene, women's gymnastics's Jeff Thompson, men's golf's Greg Nye and men's soccer's Bob Warming participated in this year's outing.
For Chambers, this year's version of the tournament took on a different meaning. Chambers lost his brother, Greg, to lung cancer at age 60 on March 18, and the CVC event touched him personally unlike the previous three years.
"For the first time in my life, this event hits close to home," Chambers said. "It hit me at home with one of your older brothers. It's been a trying time, yet a time to reflect on great memories with him growing up...I'll mention this today, I saw a Johns Hopkins study on this. Not only do you need to eat well and stay in shape and take care of yourself, but you need to laugh and have to keep your mind clear of any negativity. I needed to see something like that heading into last night's event and today. I feel like he knows that I'm here putting forth more of an effort."
Chambers spent the morning session making the rounds on the golf course saying hello and greeting the participants before playing golf in the afternoon in a group with five-time NBA champion Ron Harper. Chambers has the perfect attitude to lead a fight against a deadly disease.
"I want this to be a happy event. I want this to be a celebration. I want people to have a good time," Chambers said. "It's a first-class event that everybody looks forward to every year."
Chambers and Harper kept the mood light in their six-man group. Harper provided music in a portable speaker system as the group made its way around the Blue Course.
Beyond the laughs and lighthearted talk on the course, Chambers is among a group of many leaders who play an integral role in a battle much bigger than a win or loss on the court or field of play. 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.
"This runs like a well-oiled machine right now, so I can't even fathom what they went through to get this thing off the ground," Chambers said. "The level that it is at now is unbelievable...To get this thing off the ground the way they did, and now have $2 million raised in the 18th year. That's pretty amazing with what these coaches have started. I am going to carry the torch as long as I can to keep it going.
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 last year, the CVC eclipsed $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.
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Chambers Leading the Fight Against Cancer at CVC Golf Outing
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