Coaches vs Cancer August Newsletter

Coaches vs. Cancer Official E-Newsletter | August 2018
Dear CvC Friends, 
High school and youth coaches have been a critical part of the Coaches vs. Cancer efforts over the past 20 years combining to raise millions of dollars to support the American Cancer Society. However, we can do even more united.
For the first time, coaches, administrators and referees from across the nation have come together to form the National High School and Youth Coaches vs. Cancer Council. The fight against cancer is personal and our vision is to engage with as many youth and high school programs as possible to support Coaches vs. Cancer. 
We already have many great Coaches vs. Cancer success stories in communities throughout the country. Let’s grow those stories and save lives. To do that, we are going to need your help in engaging as many coaches/programs as possible. Thank you in advance for helping us recruit new members to the team.  
Gary Bowne
Chair, National High School and Youth CvC Council 
Hickory Christian Academy - Hickory, North Carolina
CvC growing focus on high school, youth programs
Goal is to enhance cancer awareness, education and fundraising
High school and youth basketball programs have been a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer team for years. Now leaders are looking to grow the efforts and, thus, the impact. 
“We want the high school and youth programs to have a unifying voice,” said Gary Bowne, chair of the new National High School and Youth Coaches vs. Cancer Council. “We want coaches to be able to lean on each other for ideas and support. So many have been able to do amazing things on their own over the years. The idea is to come together and support one another while growing the number of coaches and programs involved with Coaches vs. Cancer.”
The Council - with representatives from 12 different states across the nation - is focusing on enhancing cancer awareness, education and fundraising. “The American Cancer Society does so many great things and we want to tell the story while helping to support the efforts,” Bowne said. “Every dollar counts and that’s important at the grassroots level. We know it all makes a difference.”
Bowne’s history with Coaches vs. Cancer goes back over 20 years when he held his first fundraiser at a high school game that cleared just over $1,000 to support the fight against cancer. Since then, he’s been involved with raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight cancer, but he said the Council is looking for many first-time coaches who want help getting something started with their programs - just like he did 20 years ago. “My role is to be a servant leader,” Bowne said. 
For more information on a high school or youth program becoming involved with Coaches vs. Cancer, please contact Natalie Morrison at or (602) 363-9899.
Martelli celebrated as CvC Council Chair
Oklahoma's Kruger to assume role Sept. 1
The entire Coaches vs. Cancer community celebrates Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli for his leadership and dedication to CRUSHING cancer, a passion Martelli has embraced for nearly ten years as chair of the CvC council. On September 1, Martelli (pictured (on the right) with Temple's Fran Dunphyin 2017) will step down as chair, and pass the reins to Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger.
During Martelli’s tenure, Coaches vs. Cancer has grown to include thousands of college and high school coaches, new sponsors and partners, and helped raise over $110 million to fight cancer. As past chair of the Council he will help oversee the 2019 activities, and assist Kruger, also a longtime CvC supporter and council member, in continuing the success of the program.
“Coach Martelli has such a passion for crushing cancer and helped grow our program in so many important ways,” said Reggie Minton, NABC deputy executive director. “We are grateful to him for leading us in recent years and we’re fortunate he’s going to stay an active member of the Council. It’s a great group of coaches and supporters committed to helping the American Cancer Society crush cancer.”
Coaches vs. Cancer has been a critical part of Kruger’s career. At Kansas State, he played and coached against Missouri’s Norm Stewart, who helped create the program. Kruger (pictured (on the right) with North Carolina's Roy Williams in 2015) will remain chairman of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health, which he founded 11 years ago. He is also a past recipient of American Cancer Society’s prestigious St. George National Award. 
Coaches needed for meeting on Capitol Hill
National Lobby Day in Washington D.C. is Tuesday, Sept. 25
The American Cancer Society is seeking five D-I college head coaches to volunteer to meet with members of Congress in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, encouraging them to make the fight against cancer a national priority. 
To inquire about volunteering, please contact Natalie Morrisonat or (602) 363-9899.
Tell us your Coaches vs. Cancer success story
2018 Oklahoma State University Cowboy Classic sets new mark
We want to hear from you so we can spread the word about what all is being done to support Coaches vs. Cancer
For instance, this past May the Oklahoma State University Coaches vs. Cancer Cowboy Classic golf tournament raised $140,730 - a record for the event. Congratulations to all involved!
Whether it’s $1,000 or $100,000, everything helps. Please send your updates to
Is your 2018-19 CvC game plan set?
Identify your simple engagement opportunity today
What is the best fit for you and your program to engage with Coaches vs. Cancer during the 2018-19 season?
  • Team with your school’s athletic department to host a Pink Out GameSuits & Sneakers Week is Jan 21-27, 2019 and is a terrific time for a Pink Out Game to get strong exposure. 
  • Do you have a spouse or a loved one who would like to get involved with the $100,000 Hope Lodge Challenge? A $100 donation covers two nights of lodging for a cancer patient to stay while in treatment away from home. We need help today.
  • Develop something unique to your school? 
Local American Cancer Society representatives are available to help you develop and implement your plan. If you do not know who your local ACS rep is, please contact Natalie Morrison at
ACS launches #JoinTheMovement efforts
Get screened and share the message
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, when men and women are combined, yet it can be prevented or detected at an early stage.
Are you over 45? Visit and #JoinTheMovement. Screening can help save your life, but only if you get tested. 
As coaches, we know you are busy. But please take the time to be screened and encourage others as well. It can be a life or death situation. 
Coaches vs. Cancer Council 
Mike Anderson
Warner Baxter
Jay Bilas
Jim Boeheim
Gary Bowne
Hickory Christian Academy
Tad Boyle
Mike Brey
Notre Dame
Jim Calhoun
Connecticut (retired)
Bobby Cremins
College of Charleston (retired)
Fran Dunphy
Donnie Eppley
Eran Ganot
Frank Haith
Mitch Henderson
Ron Hunter
Georgia State
Lon Kruger
Mike Krzyzewski
David Levy
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Phil Martelli (Chair)
Saint Joseph's
Fran McCaffery
Greg McDermott
Reggie Minton
Garry Munson
Whitney Capital Company, L.L.C.
Dave Pilipovich
Air Force
Michael Pizzo
GCA Advisors, LLC
Dave Rose
Bo Ryan
Wisconsin (retired)
Bob Sansone
iTrust Advisors LLC
Mike Shult
Edgewood College
Tubby Smith
High Point
Norm Stewart
Missouri (retired)
Brad Underwood
Bruce Weber
Kansas State
Roy Williams
North Carolina