Mike Rice recently went to great lengths to raise money for cancer research. Literally.
On Friday the Rutgers men's basketball coach rappelled down the 470-foot Harborside Financial Center Building No. 5 in Jersey City as part of the American Cancer Society’s “Over the Edge” fundraising effort.
After a rain delay pushed back his start time, the 43-year-old Rice rappelled the 50-story building in nine minutes. And it only took him that long because he made frequent stops on his way down, acknowledging and waving to employees through the building's windows.
"Halfway down, then you start to enjoy it," Rice told NJ.com. "There was big boardroom with a lot of block R’s, so they started taking pictures, and I was waving. So that was fun. Just the over the edge part was the difficult part for me. But again, it’s for a great cause in the American Cancer Society. My part was just rappelling down a perfectly normal, safe skyscraper."
The "Over the Edge" fundraiser has raised more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society.