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Coaches vs. Cancer

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.

Coach Mike Anderson, St. John'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 Tad Boyle, University of Colorado
Coach Mike Brey, University of Notre Dame
Coach Jim Calhoun, University of Saint Joseph
Coach Bobby Cremins, Retired
Coach Fran Dunphy, Retired
Donnie Eppley, Associate Executive Director, International Assn. of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc.
Coach Eran Ganot, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Coach Frank Haith, University of Tulsa
Coach Mitch Henderson, Princeton University
Coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State University
Coach Ron Hunter, Tulane University
Coach Lon Kruger, Chair, University of Oklahoma
Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
Coach Phil Martelli, University of Michigan
Coach Fran McCaffery, University of Iowa
Coach Greg McDermott, Creighton University
Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director, NABC
Garry Munson, President, Whitney Capital Company, LLC
Coach Dave Pilipovich, US Air Force Academy
Michael Pizzo, Managing Director, Business Development–BTIG
Coach Dave Rose, Retired
Coach Bo Ryan, Retired
Bob Sansone, President and CEO, iTrust Advisors LLC
Coach Mike Shult, Edgewood College
Coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith, High Point University
Coach Norm Stewart, Retired
Coach Brad Underwood, University of Illinois
Coach Bruce Weber, Kansas State University
Coach Roy Williams, University of North Carolina
Suits and Sneakers Week – January 20-26, 2020
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 with these steps:
  • Select a date for your Suits And Sneakers game. While we encourage utilizing the national Suits and Sneakers Week (January 20-26), we understand those dates may not work for your school. You can host your game at any time during your season.
  • Raise funds within your local community during the week of your game. You will be given an online fundraising page to set a goal and track your progress.
  • Wear your sneakers during your dedicated game. Inspire your entire community by encouraging fans to wear the same color at your game, by honoring local cancer survivors and/or collecting donations at your game.
  • Contact or visit to get started!
3-Point Challenge
Coaches vs. Cancer has teamed up with online fundraising vendor PLEDGE IT to bring back the next iteration of the infamous 3-Point Attack! 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!


Get Involved
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.


Stay Well
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.


Get Well
• 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,, 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
treatment options.
• 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.


Find Cures
• 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.


Fight Back
• 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.