For the sixth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program Saturday, September 28.

Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz and his staff will join with other program across the country Saturday at the Bearkats’ 2 p.m. contest versus Eastern Washington at Bowers Stadium as participants in the program.

The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Bearkat coaching staff, as members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines. College football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Football fans can donate by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation automatically will be added to each fan’s next phone bill.”

Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at a record 580 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are higher than in any of the program’s first five years (2008-2012).

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function.

 “The AFCA membership has enthusiastically embraced Coach to Cure MD,” Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA, said. “We are proud of the commitment shown at all levels of competition to help raise funding for such an important cause."