About Us

CRC to Host ‘More Than a Game,’ Free Seminar for Students, Parents

December 18, 2019

WHEELING, WV — As part of this year’s Cancer Research Classic (CRC) basketball showcase, a free seminar for students and parents on mental health and drug abuse will be offered.

“More Than a Game … the Untold Truth” will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 2 at Glessner Auditorium in Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge.

Dr. Gregory Merrick, CRC director, said, “The CRC is honored to present this seminar with two outstanding speakers , ex-professional basketball player Ian Johnson and New York Times bestselling author Alex Berenson. We encourage all young people and their parents to attend.”

Merrick, who also will speak at the event is executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital.
“Over the past decade, mental health issues have become increasingly prevalent in adolescents and young adults,” he said. “These issues are amplified in student athletes in part because of their visibility within their school and community. It is imperative that young people know how to ask for help when needed and to be aware of the deleterious effects of drugs.”

Johnson is the author of The Bounce and the Echo…Dying to Love a Game.” According to his bio, when Johnson retired from professional basketball at age 27, he was a ghost, a small-time star exhausted and confused by 29 years with an identity-sapping sport he didn’t know how to love.

Away from the coaches and competitions that had run his life, he was faced with a choice: commit suicide or find a way to start again. From Rio to the Himalayas, from the despair of an obsessive-compulsive mindset to the joy of a swish, “The Bounce and The Echo” is his attempt to discover his sport, and therefore himself, anew.

Ian Johnson played Division I basketball at Davidson College before playing five professional seasons in European leagues. He currently coaches basketball in Pittsburgh.

Berenson is the author of the best seller, “Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.” The eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug — facts often ignored in the rush to legalize cannabis.

While the Jan. 2 seminar is free, seats may be reserved by calling 304-243-6412 or 304-243-3138.

Meanwhile, preparations are in place for the 13th annual CRC, sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and set for Jan. 3-4 at WesBanco Arena, which once again will showcase the best in high school basketball.

The CRC, covered by ESPN, attracts 8,000 to 10,000 basketball fans from 22 states and Canada to the area.

Several pricing and seating options are available: Courtside, Reserved and General Admission. Tickets and a seating map will be available at the WesBanco Arena Box Office, online at www.WesBancoArena.com or by calling 304-233-4470 or 800-514-3849.

A special group admission package is available to middle schools, high school, travel teams, AAUs and any other basketball organization. This package cannot be purchased at the gate and is only available by calling the Men’s Health Center at 304-243-8813. Deadline for this special is Dec. 27.

XTO Energy is covering the admission cost for any students who belong to the drug free club at their school. Photo ID cards must be shown at the door. This is the second year the company has team up with the CRC to support this drug-free initiative.

CRC attendees can also visit the Men’s Health Forum at the event, sponsored by WTOV9, and scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Jan. 3 and noon-4 p.m. Jan 3. Proceeds of the CRC support Wheeling Hospital's men’s health programs and undergraduate cancer research.

For more information on the CRC, go to www.CancerResearchClassic.org or call 304-243-8813.

-- 30 --
Contact: Thea Gompers, Director, Marketing/Public Relations 304-243-3705
Wheeling Hospital

Wheeling Hospital

A Tradition of Excellence. A Legacy of Caring.