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2017-18 Information – Please see below:

The IBCA again has designated January as “Coaches vs. Cancer” month for high school Basketball in Indiana.

In the first nine years of this initiative, boys’ and girls’ coaches across Indiana raised more than $826,000. In 2015-16 coaches, teams and communities that reported raised more than $67,000. That brings the nine-year reported total from Indiana basketball coaches to $826,428.

For 2016-17, ideally pick a date in January for a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game. If not January, please pick a date that works for you and host a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game.

The American Cancer Society also will present banners to programs that meet certain levels of donations. Categories are Champion ($10,000 or more), MVP ($5,000 to $9,999) and All Star ($2,500 to $4,999).

This January, we are asking every IBCA boys’ and girls’ coach to select a game to promote “Coaches vs. Cancer.”

All participating schools will be recognized this year on; those raising a total of $2,500 or more through all sports will receive a “Coaches vs. Cancer” recognition banner imprinted with the school’s name. To be eligible, all funds raised from throughout the school year must be turned into the local American Cancer Society office no later than June 1, 2017.

For accounting purposes, it helps tremendously if funds can be turned in by March 15, 2017.

Once you have determined the date for your “Coaches vs. Cancer” game, please e-mail this info to Gene Milner ( so we can list the game dates on our “Coaches vs. Cancer” calendar. During this game, we are asking you to pass a container through the crowd (or make one available at your ticket counter) for fans to make donations. Checks should be made payable to “American Cancer Society.”

After the game, we ask you to do the following:

  1. E-mail Gene Milner to let him know how much money was collected and to what charity it was donated if other than the American Cancer Society.
  2. Call Bob Lovell of Indiana SportsTalk and let him know how much you collected
  3. Send a check for the amount collected (payable to the “American Cancer Society”) to Steve Witty, P.O. Box 638, Plainfield, IN 46168, who will forward it to the Coaches vs. Cancer office, or you can send it directly to the American Cancer Society. Here is a list of ACS offices in Indiana with the senior manager of each:
    • American Cancer Society-Southern Indiana Office, 5250 Vogel Rd., Main Level, Evansville, IN 47715. Phone: 812-475-9244. Senior manager: Eric Pittman.
    • American Cancer Society-Central Indiana Office, 5635 W. 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278. Phone: 317-344-7800. Senior managers: Jeff Johnson, Stephen Hunt.
    • American Cancer Society-Northern Indiana Office: 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Phone: 574-257-9789. Senior manager: Suzanne Tracy.
    • American Cancer Society-Northeast Indiana Office, 111 East Ludwig Road, Suite 105, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Phone: 260-471-3911. Senior manager: Suzanne Tracy.

Indiana is part of the Lakeshore Division of American Cancer Society. The contact there is Sarah Pooler, Senior Community Manager, 1775 Abbey Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. Phone: 517-644-1311.

Please make plans now to include a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game on your schedule for the 2015-16 season. Our goal is 100 percent participation of all high schools in Indiana.

Here is a note from ACS “Coaches vs. Cancer” specialist Sarah Pooler.

    The American Cancer Society would like to thank the IBCA and coaches who engage their players and schools in our Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.

    From research to education, and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by this disease. With your help, we mover closer to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

    This season we are thrilled and excited to invite you to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Through this exciting new platform, we can customize an online team campaign for you that features donation tracking and social media sharing, so that high school basketball fans can cheer on your team while supporting the nation’s premier cancer fighting organization, the American Cancer Society.

    With the support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, college coaches from around the country are joining the challenge this season and are encouraging high school coaches to do the same.

    To learn more, contact Sarah Pooler at 517-664-1311 or email We have a campaign-website up and running to welcome the participation of Indiana Sports teams:

    Starting a sports-performance-based fund-raising campaign is fun and easy and can be implemented by any sport at any time. Please share this exciting opportunity within your athletic departments. We look forward to helping you get started!

    Don’t forget – schools that raise funds through Coaches vs. Cancer are eligible for our annual banner recognition program!

    Connect with us:

To help support activities at your school, the American Cancer Society will provide a Coaches vs. Cancer Tool Kit with information on how to get started, ideas for fundraising, sample materials to help with local promotion, and a post-event reporting form to submit along with all donations to your local American Cancer Society office.

To request a Coaches vs. Cancer Game Day Toolkit for your school, sign up at

For questions or to learn more, please contact or 800-227-2345.

Promotional Ideas for Coaches vs. Cancer

  • Sell Coaches vs. Cancer donation cards prior to the event and/or at the game and create a Wall of Hope with the names of those touched by cancer
  • Coins for cancer / bring loose change
  • Home Room competition
  • Signed basketball give-away (Wilson might donate basketballs)
  • Posters in memory of cancer victims
  • Donate money to put up poster, with name of cancer survivor
  • Paper airplanes at halftime: Fans pay $1 when they enter gym. At halftime, fans try to fly their paper airplane into the center of jump circle for prizes
  • Coaches or players wear pink socks
  • Sell specifically designed T-shirts with appropriate message Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Cheerleaders wear pink sock and bows in their hair
  • Some ADs donated $1 for each ticket purchased
  • Classes set up donation bucket at home games
  • Dress-down day for high school students
  • Pink warm-up shirts and pink shoe laces
  • Players wear game shoes with shirt, ties, dress pants and go into stands to collect
  • 10 percent of gate sales donated
  • Silent auction
  • Proceeds from the sale of cookies and ice cream during lunch break
  • Identify a cancer survivor from your community and sell pink carnations in his or her honor



Sarah Pooler | Senior Specialist, Community Events
Lakeshore Division | American Cancer Society, Inc.
1755 Abbey Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517.664.1311 | 1.800.227.2345


2017-2018 Season




Game Info


Amount Raised

Speedway G Lutheran @ Speedway 1/23/18
Charlestown  B Clarkesville @ Charlestown 12/2/17
Providence G South Central @ Providence 12/5/17 Raised $ 200 to Jimmy V Foundation
Blackhawk B Adams Central @ Blackhawk 12/19/17 Raised $1286.14
Triton Central  G Providence @ Triton Central 1/19/18 Triton Central Girls Basketball…10th Annual Pink-Out Game-Funds donated to IWIN (Indiana Women in Need) raised $18,000!!!!!…..In the ten years the Lady Tigers Basketball program has been doing the Pink-Out game, we have donated over $126,000 to fight breast cancer!
Wapahani  G Union City @ Wapahani 1/20/18  Raised $80 to ACS
Muncie Central G Winchester @ Muncie 1/10/18  Total Raised for Both B/G $ 163.43 Sending to ACS
Muncie Central B North Central @ Muncie 1/20/18  See Above
Ben Davis G Center Grove @ Ben Davis 1/20/18
SB Washington B SB St. Joe @ SB Washington 1/26/18
Kouts G Morgan Twp @ Kouts 12/9/17  Raised $616.69
Mooresville B/G 12/15/17
Indian Creek G Cloverdale @ Indian Creek 12/8/17
South Central (UM) B New Prairie @ So.Central(UM) 1/27/18  Raised $50 ACS
Northeast Dubois G Loogootee @ NE Dubois 1/18/18  Raised $30 for ACS
Columbus North B Heritage Christian @ Columbus North 11/21/17 Raised $2,713.46
Charlestown B Clarkesville @ Charlestown 12/8/17 Raised $200
Jennings County B/G B/G Double Header – Seymour @ Jennings County 1/12/2018  Weather Cancellation
Cloverdale North Putnam @ Cloverdale 12/12/17 Raised $ 157.22
Maconaquah G North Miami @ Maconoquah 1/23/18
Greenfield-Central B/G New Castle @ Greenfield B/G Double Header 1/12/2018  Raised $120 ACS
Tri-County G Delphi @ Tri-County 1/23/2018  Raised $2,139.00 for ACS
Danville G Beech Grove @ Danville 12/22/2017  Raised $250 ACS
Ben Davis G Center Grove @ Ben Davis 1/20/2018  Raised $157 to ACS
Triton Central G Providence @ Triton Central 1/19/2018
Gibson Southern B Princeton @ Gibson Southern 1/12/2018  Raised 1985.07 To ACS
Career Academy (SB) B Covenant Christian(DM)@ Career Academy(SB) 1/13/2018 Raised $52, sent to Hello Georgeous of Hope, Inc
Tri High B Cambridge City @ Tri 1/12/2018  Game Postponed
Pike Central B Barr Reeve @ Pike Central 1/27/2018 Raised $683.58 for a local family.
Southport G Franklin Central @ Southport 1/4/2018 Raised $ 1142
Vincennes Lincoln B South Knox @ Vincennes 1/19/2018  Raised $250 Relay for Life
Leo G New Haven @ Leo 1/13/2018  Raised $2300 went to Riley Children’s in honor of 4th grader Morgan Moher.
Union County B Centerville @ Union County 1/24/2018  Raised $ 290 for ACS
Tri High G Centerville @ Tri High 1/18/2018  Raised $289.65
Speedway B Lebanon @ Speedway 1/20/2018  Raised $1600. Thanks to both Boys/Girls at Lutheran, Lebanon, and SPEEDWAY!
Speedway G Lutheran @ Speedway 1/23/2018 See Above
 Plainfield B/G Decatur Central @ Plainfield 1/26/2018  Raised $ 9843.92 Donating to local infant girl, daughter of soccer Coach Shepherd.
Bethesda Christian B Columbus Christian @ Bethesda Christian 1/26/2018
 Brownstown Central G Seymour @ Brownstown Central 11/30/2017  We raised $2608. We donated the money to our county cancer center called the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center.
Wes-Del B/G Cowan @ Wes-Del 1/27/2018 Raised and donated $ 1183. B/G Double Header
Forest Park B Jasper @ Forest Park Raised $1959.14 for a school employee.
Batesville  B  Hauser @ Batesville  1/27/2018  Raised $359
SB Washington B St. Joseph @ Washington 1/26/2018 Raised $550
Central Noble B Prairie Heights @ Central Noble 2/1/2018 Raised $2018.39 Sent to ACS
 Northridge  G  Northwood @ Northridge  1/13/2018

The past 5 years that we have done our Hoops for Hope game. We donate all proceeds to the Naturopathic Wellness Fund at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. This year’s game was against Northwood on January 13. We raised $9,109.25. I have listed below the past 5 years we have donated to this fund.

2017 – 2018 $9,109.25
2016 – 2017 $10,000
2015 – 2016 $8,000
2014 – 2015 $3,100
2013 – 2014 $5,135

Total: $35,344.25 (average of about $7,069 per year)


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