MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — During WVU Football’s match-up with No. 4 Oklahoma tomorrow, the entire Mountaineer coaching staff will be wearing special patches on their arms.
These patches honor the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)’s Coach to Cure program. This initiative, which partners the AFCA, comprised of more than 10,000 college and high school football coaches and staff members, with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) hopes to advocate for the dichotomy of the physical nature of football and the disease that diminishes muscle mass and tone. Since 2008, the AFCA has helped PPMD with the Coaches to Cure Muscular Dystrophy program, utilizing a nationwide network of coaches and events to bring visibility to the struggles of those battling MD.
The hope of putting these arm patches on coaches, like head coach Neal Brown and his staff, is to raise awareness for the disorder and money for the cure. In the last 10 seasons, Coach to Cure has raised more than $1.2 million for the initiative. Last year, more than 10,000 coaches from 600 NCAA Division I, II, and III colleges participated. This season, that number will be nearly met in a single weekend.
This Saturday nearly 10,000 coaches will be supporting @CoachToCureMD by wearing patches to raise awareness for Duchenne.
— AFCA (@WeAreAFCA) September 22, 2021
Mountaineer fans can donate to the cause by texting “CURE” to 501501 or visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org.