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ACS names diversity research grant for Reggie Minton

Minton was NABC's liaison for Coaches vs. Cancer for 28 years.

The American Cancer Society is celebrating the retirement of Reggie Minton (pictured here), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) liaison for Coaches vs. Cancer for the past 28 years, by establishing the Reggie Minton Diversity in Cancer Research Internship Grants Fund.

The single grant that will be named in his honor will support the Society’s broader Diversity in Cancer Research Internship grant program, and it was unveiled as NABC Coaches gathered for the Coaches vs. Cancer Circle of Honor Dinner this month in Wisconsin.

“Throughout his career, Reggie Minton was a tireless supporter of the life-saving work of Coaches vs. Cancer and a staunch advocate for the cause of diversity and inclusion,” said Craig Robinson, NABC executive director. “The American Cancer Society Reggie Minton Diversity in Cancer Research Internship Grants bring together those two passions and are a fitting tribute to Reggie’s legacy.”

High-quality research requires a research community comprised of people with unique perspectives and contrasting experiences. To help improve inclusion and diversity in the scientific community, the Society is launching this inaugural internship fund to engage undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in hands-on cancer research and provide career development support in the hopes they will pursue a career in research.

By providing the opportunity to pursue cancer research as a career, this internship fund will make a direct and potentially life altering impact on dozens of undergraduate students’ lives.

Initial funding for the internship fund, totaling $350,000, was provided by Sanford Health and an anonymous donor. 

If people are interested in helping to secure additional funding or would like to make an investment in honor of Reggie Minton, please contact Natalie Morrison at natalie.morrison@cancer.org.


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