Former University of Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman now coaches at New Mexico, but his old team is still supporting his son Avery's battle with Leukemia. Today the Nebraska Huskers hosted Michigan State in its third annual #AveryStrong game. NBA point guard Damian Lillard, provided the team with adidas DLillard1 sneakers in gold and orange to represent pediatric cancer and Leukemia. Fans wore #AveryStrong shirts to show support, too.
Lillard took to Twitter to say, "Shout out to @HuskerHoops and what they are doing to support pediatric cancer and young Avery today. #AveryStrong." He went on to show more support by telling some of Avery's story. "Avery Harriman is only 8 years old, but has battled and beaten childhood leukemia 3 times. #AveryStrong."
According to College Spun, the first 500 fans in attendance received free #AveryStrong shirts and fans between the ages of 18 and 44 were able to sign up to join the national bone marrow registry. Volunteers were present to swab the cheeks of potential bone marrow donors. Fans who signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry received a free #AveryStrong shirt.
Despite losing 81-68 to Michigan, the main goal of raising awareness for Leukemia was accomplished. It's great to see teams and athletes supporting great causes.