This time of year is full of rituals. One of my favorites comes on the morning after Selection Sunday, when all six local Division I men's basketball coaches gather at the Palestra for a breakfast fundraiser to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
No one will ever promote the Palestra as being a great banquet hall, but there's no better place for the event. So despite the tough acoustics, there was plenty of good cheer to go around.
You can listen to the program from the event in the audio player below. In addition ohearing from the City Six coaches, there were remarks from Comcast SportsNet's Neil Hartman, Temple radio play-by-play voice Harry Donahue, the Daily News' Mike Kern, the Inquirer's Joe Juliano and WIP's Howard Eskin.
The track with Hartman's remarks includes the presentation of the Charlie Dinsmore Cancer Survivor Award. It is a reminder of the real reason why we all gathered this morning - not to talk about basketball, but to raise money to fight the deadly disease, and hopefully to find a cure soon.
We all know that this city is at the forefront of cancer research. I always think about the Penn hospital facilities just a block down 33rd Street from the Palestra, and all the work they are doing to beat cancer once and for all.
After the event finished, I got exclusive interviews with all six coaches. Click on the links below to watch them.