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Lady Bucs' coaches all washed up for charity

June 20th, 2014 8:36 pm by Joe Avento

Lady Bucs' coaches all washed up for charity

A few of East Tennessee State’s women basketball players earned a small measure of revenge on their coaches this week, and they likely confirmed something they think from time to time during the season — the coaches were as cold as ice.

Brittney Ezell, ETSU’s women’s basketball coach, joined her staff in the Cold Water Challenge, a fund-raising effort that is spreading around the country. College coaching staffs challenge other staffs to have buckets of ice and water dumped on them.

If a staff completes the challenge, the challenging staff makes a contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Ezell was issued the challenge from the staff at Texas A&M, and she didn’t back down.

“My first reaction was ‘OK, might as well. It’s for a great cause,’ ” she said.

The dunking took place on Tuesday in front of Brooks Gym.

“The best part was our players were the ones who dumped the buckets on us,” Ezell said. “Hearing their laughter and seeing the smiles on their faces, that was definitely the best part.

“It was cold. But it’s all in fun, all for a good cause and it makes a lot of people happy.”

ETSU players Chandler Christopher, Serena Clark and Cara Bowling did the pouring along with graduate assistant Nicci Kelly.

“I guarantee they were thinking back to some particularly difficult practice or some curfew they didn’t like,” Ezell said.

College teams traditionally play a game in all pink during the season to raise funds for breast cancer research. The Cold Water Challenge gives the teams a chance to enhance their contributions to the fund during the offseason.

“I don’t want people to think it’s a one-game deal and then we neglect that charity the rest of the year,” Ezell said. “To be able to do something in the summer, I think it shows our personality and all of women’s basketball’s desire to help.”

Ezell issued the same challenge to other programs where she has friends on the staffs — Jacksonville, West Virginia, Arkansas and UNC-Greensboro.

Luckily for Ezell, she’ll be wading in much warmer water next week when she serves as an assistant coach for the women’s national team of the Bahamas in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation tournament in the Virgin Islands.

She’ll be working with Jacksonville head coach Yolett McCuin, also head coach for the Bahamas team. They’ll face teams from the Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Barbados in the preliminary rounds.

“You can’t beat the setting,” Ezell said. 

Ezell leaves Monday and will be gone until July 13.

“This will be my first opportunity to coach on the international level,” she said. “It’s very humbling. I’m looking forward to learning a lot. I’m looking forward to stepping back and seeing how somebody else does things.”

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