About Coaches vs. Cancer
The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, coaches have raised over $100 million for the American Cancer Society.
Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, provided the vision and inspiration for the Coaches vs. Cancer concept. He started the program by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three-point shot made by his team during the season. The concept evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country to fight cancer.
Coaches vs. Cancer Council
Formed in 1998, the Coaches vs. Cancer Council includes many of the best-known and most successful men’s basketball coaches nationwide. Over the years, the council has helped guide, enhance, and expand the program.
Coaches vs. Cancer Council
Coach Phil Martelli, Chair, Saint Joseph’s University
Warner Baxter, President & CEO, Ameren
Jay Bilas, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN
Coach Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
Coach Gary Bowne, Hickory Christian Academy
Coach Mike Brey, University of Notre Dame
Coach Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut, Retired
Coach Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston, Retired
Coach Ed DeChellis, US Naval Academy
Coach Fran Dunphy, Temple University
Coach Mark Few, Gonzaga University
Coach Frank Haith, University of Tulsa
Coach Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma
Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Coach Fran McCaffery, University of Iowa
Coach Greg McDermott, Creighton University
Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director, NABC
Garry Munson, President, Whitney Capital Company, LLC
Michael Pizzo, Managing Director, Business Development–BTIG
Coach Dave Rose, Brigham Young University
Coach Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bob Sansone, President and CEO, iTrust Advisors LLC
Coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith, University of Memphis
Coach Norm Stewart, University of Missouri, Retired
Coach Bruce Weber, Kansas State University
Coach Gary Williams, University of Maryland, Retired
Coach Roy Williams, University of North Carolina
Coaches vs. Cancer has teamed up with online fundraising vendor PLEDGE IT to bring back the next iteration of the infamous 3-Point Attack! The 3-Point Challenge will sweep the country during the 2017 college basketball season. Teams across the country will square off to see who can score the most 3-pointers to raise the most money in support of the fight against cancer. Unique, customized team campaigns will feature robust interactive elements, current leaderboard status, donation tracking and social media sharing so fans can be part of the excitement in helping their team become a 3-Point Challenge Champion!
Basketball fans from around the country are encouraged to join the fun. Fans can support their schools campaign by pledging a donation for every 3-point shot made during their campaign! Teams can be matched up against rival schools in head-to-head friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds from their 3-points, and fans can share their team’s page and follow the leaderboard to see who has what it takes to become a 3-Point Challenge Champion!
Suits and Sneakers Week – January 23-29, 2017
Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week is a nationwide event when basketball coaches across the country unite for a common cause – saving lives from cancer! Coaches and their staff across the nation wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection.
Help Make A Difference!
• Ask your sports information director to spread the word and coordinate an event around Suits And Sneakers Week.
• Pick a game during the week of January 23-29, and wear your sneakers to show your support.
National Golf Tournaments
The 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017. MGM Grand will once again serve as the host sponsor with two days of golf at Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands.
"The support from all of the coaches, sponsors and golfers has been unbelievable throughout the years," said Classic founder and chairman Lon Kruger, Oklahoma head coach. "Every year feels like a reunion at MGM Grand. Can't thank those involved enough for all they have done to build this event and help in the fight against such a dreaded disease."
Save the Date – CvC National Golf Tournament and Circle of Honor Dinner June 11-12, 2017 at Merion Golf Club
As Jack Nicklaus once said, "Acre for acre, [Merion] may be the best test of golf in the world." We are excited to announce Merion Golf Club in PA for our annual Coaches vs. Cancer National Golf Tournament, June 11-12, 2017. On Sunday evening, following the first round of golf, please join us for the Circle of Honor Dinner and Reception.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society creates a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well, finding cures, and fighting back. We welcome the opportunity to share more ideas and bring the Coaches vs. Cancer program to your organization.
By choosing to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program, you are helping finish the fight against cancer by making the American Cancer Society’s services and programs available to those who need them the most. Thanks for your support in helping us finish the fight against cancer.
Nearly half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if we did what we know works – live healthier lifestyles, quit smoking, and get our recommended cancer screenings.
• We develop guidelines for physical activity and nutrition, as well as recommended cancer screenings,
so people know how to prevent cancer, and how to find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.
• We provide tips, tools, and online resources to help people set goals, quit smoking, stay motivated, eat healthy, and maintain an active lifestyle.
• Our phone lines are open anytime, day or night, to connect people with the answers they need. Each year, we provide support to nearly one million individuals who call us at 1-800-227-2345.
• Our website, cancer.org, offers access to the latest information and news on cancer and helps people locate programs and services in their area.
• We offer an online support community for cancer survivors and caregivers to share their stories and find support.
• We assist cancer patients with finding transportation to and from their treatments, and we offer free lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers.
• Through our clinical trials matching services, we connect patients with thousands of different
• With sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country, our American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer through every step of their journey.
• We’ve had a hand in most of the major cancer research breakthroughs in recent history, including confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, establishing the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
• We’re the largest private, nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States.
• We fund researchers with cutting-edge ideas. Of the researchers chosen for Society funding, 47 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
• The majority of Americans are now covered by a smokefree law, thanks in part to the efforts of the Society and our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN).
• We help mobilize communities to fight back against cancer with our Relay For Life® and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events.
• We have helped uninsured, and low-income women get breast and cervical screening tests and follow-up treatment since 1991, and along with ACS CAN, we have successfully fought for legislation protecting this care.