Coach Pinkel received the Norm Stewart Legacy Award for Coaches v. Cancer. Coaches v. Cancer evolved from an idea hatched by legendary former Mizzou head basketball coach Norm Stewart into a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The organization aims to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through awareness, fundraising and advocacy.
The recipient of the Norm Stewart Legacy Award must achieve two of the three requirements: be an individual, company or group who, through volunteerism, have shown outstanding commitment and care to the citizens of the Kansas City metro, is connected with the American Cancer Society’s mission, and is an achiever within athletics, basketball preferred.
“The research is why more kids and people are being healed, it’s why people are living longer, it’s why we’re winning the battle,” Pinkel said at the Coaches v. Cancer event. “You should be proud of it and remember that you are a difference maker in what you are doing.”