Dr. Lee McKinney

Dr. Lee McKinney was Fontbonne University's head Griffin men’s basketball coach up until stepping down in 2011.

Jefferson City, MO – Representative Dave Hinson (R) St. Clair announces that the House of Representatives passed the House Resolution 677 to proclaim the annual Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game and ceremony which is held at the St. Clair High School, be named for and in memory of the beloved coach, role model and mentor Dr. Lee McKinney.

Dr. McKinney was a 1952 St. Clair High Schoolgraduate, longtime Fontbonne University athletic director, and former Griffins head men’s basketball coach, who died last April after his third bout with cancer.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Coach McKinney has been involved with cancer fund-raising since Coach Norm Stewart joined with Coach Charlie Spoonhour to start the Three Point Attack against cancer in 1990 to bring the fund-raising drive to the St. Louis area. Dr. McKinney has been awarded several awards for this distinguished service, leadership and perseverance.

“We are very proud of all his efforts toward cancer research. We plan to join in the fund-raising to continue his legacy” stated Dr. McKinney’s son, Dino McKinney, teacher and coach at Sullivan High School. “We thank Representative Hinson for all he has done.”