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With your support, we will save more lives from cancer than ever before. We welcome the opportunity to share more ideas and bring the Coaches vs. Cancer program to your organization. Together, we are stronger than cancer.

Suits And Sneakers®

Suits And Sneakers® Week

The Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week, January 23-29, 2017, is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission, and promote the American Cancer Society as a place for help and support. While coaching games during the week, coaches wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.

Help saves lives and support Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week!

Suits And Sneakers Corporate Challenge

The Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Corporate Challenge engages basketball fans throughout the nation and allows them an opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer at their workplace. Corporations can join their favorite basketball teams and coaches in the fight against cancer by hosting a Wear Your Sneakers to Work Day. Following the 2017 Suits And Sneakers week, January 23-29, individuals can make a minimum donation of $5 to the American Cancer Society for the opportunity to wear sneakers to work on Monday, January 30, 2017, or the first day of the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.

If your corporation is unable to participate on either date, the Society encourages you to schedule your Wear Your Sneakers to Work Day any day that works best for you and your company between January and April 2017. Set up your corporate challenge page today!

Lacey's Laces

Princess Lacey's Laces

As Michigan State University's number one fan, eight-year old cancer patient Lacey Holsworth and her special relationship with star player Adreian Payne dominated the media for a significant portion of the 2013-2014 NCAA basketball season. Although she shortly thereafter passed away, she gives hope and inspiration to millions of others affected by cancer.

As a special promotion beginning Suits And Sneakers Week, and continuing through the end of the college basketball season, fans will have the opportunity to wear a specially designed pair of sneaker laces from Shoe Carnival, available online or in stores, in memory of Lacey. Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society and Princess Lacey's Legacy, to continue save lives and support those affected by pediatric cancer.

Hardwood Heroes

Fighting Cancer with INFINITI and the Hardwood Heroes

Cancer impacted them. Basketball united them. In 2017, INFINITI once again partnered with the NCAA® and the Coaches vs. Cancer program to raise funds during March Madness®.

It takes strength, character, and spirit to take on cancer and win. It's exactly what you'll find in every one of the Hardwood Heroes who took to the court to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society in the battle against cancer. The 2nd Annual Hardwood Heroes game took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 31, 2017. This year's teams comprised tough, inspiring cancer survivors facing off against a team of returning 2016 survivors.

INFINITI supported those heroes with donations to the Coaches vs. Cancer program based on the number of correct picks made during the six CBS Sports Round by Round Brackets online.

Round by Round

The #Unbustable Bracket: 6 Rounds for 6 Chances to win a trip to the 2018 Final Four®

With every correct pick in the 2017 Round by Round, INFINITI donated to the Coaches vs. Cancer program. It's the only bracket that helps the American Cancer Society fight cancer, and it gave participants a chance to win seats to the 2018 Final Four®. Plus, participants could submit a new bracket every round, so brackets were always "unbustable."

Other Events to Make a Difference

Save the Date - Las Vegas Golf Classic

The 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, through 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 chair Lon Kruger, Oklahoma head coach. "Every year feels like a reunion at MGM Grand. I can't thank those involved enough for all they have done to build this event and help in the fight against this disease."

Save the Date - Coaches vs. Cancer 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 Pennsylvania 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. Coaches vs. Cancer events include the following:

  • Golf events Enthusiasts donate for the right to play in coach-hosted events
  • Tip-Offs Fans and others donate to hear from and interact with one or more coaches just prior to the start of the college basketball season
  • Galas Traditional American Cancer Society galas hosted and/or attended by coaches

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Youth Initiatives

    The Coaches vs. Cancer Youth Initiatives program has something for all ages and all sports from basketball courts to soccer fields and running tracks. Area volunteers can work with local administrators, athletic directors, and coaches to coordinate events that raise funds and awareness to encourage healthy lifestyles and help fund research to find better preventions, detections, treatments, and cures. Schools participate by donating a portion of tickets sales, holding contests and raffles, collecting donations, or organizing healthy living activities and events.

    Download the Coaches vs. Cancer Youth and High School Toolkit

    Learn how your coach and team can join today!


    At the Coaches vs. Cancer program, we're grateful for the dedication of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) in helping save lives from cancer! Officials vs. Cancer, started in 2008, has raised over $1,400,000!

    Officials join by making a pledge to donate at least 25% of one game fee, furthering our efforts to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. Donations of $25.00 or more receive a pink Fox 40 whistle.

    In addition, IAABO boards from across the country are coming together to increase their contribution, organizing and executing high school basketball tournaments, golf tournaments and other fundraising activities. Lou Levine, an official based in Massachusetts, raised over $83,000 this year, and in the past four years over $230,000.

    Check out Lou's story.


    Contact Us:  Coaches vs. Cancer  |  1-800-227-2345