STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive battled prostate cancer during his athletics administration career.
Mississippi State will honor Slive for its home opener against LSU on September 12. The Tigers-Bulldogs SEC clash kicks off at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN.
In May at the SEC Spring Meetings, the 14 Athletics Directors of the SEC, voted unanimously to recognize Slive by dedicating a game on each campus to prostate cancer awareness during which the home team will wear a commemorative helmet sticker.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, "The Athletics Directors saw this as an opportunity to recognize Mike Slive in a meaningful way while also bringing attention to an important topic that affects one in seven men in America during a lifetime. While honoring our former commissioner for his great service to the SEC, we can also raise awareness and influence prevention of this disease."
Slive was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s. He served as commissioner of the SEC from 2002 until his retirement in 2015. He helped shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics and helped the SEC achieve its greatest success in league history.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer can successfully fight the disease with early detection. Men over the age of 50 are highly encouraged to get regular prostate cancer screenings.
Slive announced in October of 2014 that he was stepping down after 13 years and was dealing with a recurrence of his prostate cancer. After surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Slive enjoyed a summer respite free from cancer treatment.
Besides wearing helmet stickers, some SEC schools will conduct various activities around their designated Prostate Cancer Awareness games. Those activities will include video board announcements, prostate cancer screening, recognition of prostate cancer survivors, game program ads and stories.
Slive plans to attend several of the Prostate Cancer Awareness Games during the month of September.