UVA coaches use laces to raise cancer awareness

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The matching gold laces worn by the Virginia men's basketball coaching staff on Tuesday night were about more than a fashion choice.

Tuesday's game against Wake Forest was part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week. Coaches for both teams wore sneakers with their suits as a reminder of the importance of physical activity in reducing the risk of cancer.

The matching Nike sneakers wore by UVA's staff also featured gold laces from Shoe Carnival, known as "Princess Lacey's Laces." The laces are named in memory of Michigan State basketball fan Lacey Holsworth, who was eight years old when she died of pediatric cancer in 2014.

Holsworth's friendship with Michigan State star Adriean Payne drew national attention during the Spartans' run to the 2014 Elite Eight, which included a win over the Wahoos at Madison Square Garden in the Sweet 16.

The shoelaces are sold in conjunction with Suits and Sneakers Week, with the money raised going to Coaches vs. Cancer and Princess Lacey's Legacy.

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