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2019-20 Information – Please see below:

January has once been designated as “Coaches vs. Cancer” month by the IBCA for high school basketball in Indiana.  Over the past 13 years of this initiative, boys’ and girls’ coaches across Indiana have raised nearly $1,100,000 in the fight against cancer.  We want to send a special thank you to all coaches, teams, schools and dedicated community members who plan to participate in the 13th annual IBCA initiative against cancer during the 2019-20 season – the dollars raised through this initiative are saving lives all across Indiana!

       This year, we are asking all coaches to get involved in this initiative by taking these simple steps:

  1. Pick a date in January for a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game to benefit the American Cancer Society. (Note: If you use the term “Coaches vs. Cancer,” which is trademarked, the net proceeds must go to the American Cancer Society; if your event benefits another organization, you need to use another term to label it.). If January doesn’t work, feel free to select a date that works for you and host a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game sometime during your season.
  2. Select a CVC champion to help host the game.  We know you and your players are busy during the season, which is why nominating a student, teacher, parent or community member close to the program is a great way to create the best CVC experience without overburdening you and your team.
  3. Connect with your local American Cancer Society staff Once you have selected a date and CVC Champion, connect with your local American Cancer Society staff.  They are here to help support your efforts in any way possible.  If you are unsure who your local contact is, feel free to reach out to Michael Smith.  Michael can be reach at  As you work to identify your “Coaches vs. Cancer” game, please alert Michael so he may assist with logistics and connect you with the best local American Cancer Society representative to help you with fund-raising ideas and details for your game.
  4. Once you have determined the date for your Cancer-benefit game, please e-mail this info to Gene Milner ( so we can list the game dates on our IBCA calendar of games to benefit cancer charities.

       The American Cancer Society 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). To be eligible, all funds raised during the school year must be turned into the local American Cancer Society office no later than June 1, 2020.  For accounting purposes, it helps tremendously if funds can be reported and turned in by March 15, 2020.

       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. If you prefer, you may work directly with Michael Smith or local staff to deliver your check.

                “Coaches vs. Cancer is an amazing way to encourage team unity, build school spirit, support those in the community who have been touched by cancer and fight back against a disease that has taken so much!  Please make plans now to include a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game on your schedule for the 2019-20 season. Our goal is 100 percent participation of all high schools in Indiana!

            Please contact Michael Smith at ACS today. 

Eric Pittman
Director, Community Development
812.475.9486 | m: 812.371.1266 | f: 812.476.3567

American Cancer Society, Inc. | North Central Region
5635 W 96th St Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278 | 1.800.227.2345





2019-2020 Season

School Email/Contact  (B/G) Game Info Date Amount Raised
Triton Central  BRYAN GRAHAM G

Cathedral @ Triton Central

1/24/2020 RAISED $22,809.92 for IWIN 12th Annual Pink Out Game

Joe Smith

G Lutheran @ Speedway 1/28/2020 RAISED $400 for Relay for Life
Brownstown Central Brandon Allman G Seymour @ Brownstown Central 12/5/2019 Raised $1851 Money raised goes to Don & Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour
Rushville Melissa Marlow G New Pal @ Rushville   Raised $332 to ACS
Tri County Missi Tyler G Delphi @ Tri County 1/28/1920 Raised $2704 to 2 local ladies
Ben Davis Joe Lentz G Center Grove @ Ben Davis 1/25/2020 Raised $128.31 to ACS
Traders Point Kraig Cox B University @ Traders Point 1/7/2020  
Barr-Reeve Josh Thompson B Barr-Reeve @ Loogootee 1/17/2020 Raised $2400 to ACS
Rossville Chad Geheb B/G Carroll @ Rossville Double Header 12/20/2019 Raised $1887.86 to Tyler Trent Foundation
Wawasee Matt Carpenter   G Warsaw @ Wawasee   Raised $2000 Split proceeds between Wawasee Teacher/Coach and Warsaw Student.
Hammond Academy Darian Green   Clark @ Academy 1/2/2020 Raised $200 Proceeds to Autism Awareness & JR. Diabetis Org.
Danville Kaley May G Tri-West @ Danville 11/20/2019 Raised $507 for the ACS
Valparaiso Riley Zimmer G Chesterton @ Valpo 12/20/2019 Silent Auction etc.
Martinsville Kip Staggs B Decatur Central @ Martinsville 1/10/2020 Proceeds to ACS
North Montgomery Clayton Randolph B/G Danville @ North Montgomery 1/17/2020 Raised $3000 to Riley Pediatric Center
Carmel Ryan Osborn B Pike @ Carmel 1/24/2020 Taking a collection
Concordia Lutheran Joshua Mertz G/B South Side @  Concordia Lutheran 1/17/2020 Raised $115 Proceeds to ACS
Heritage Hills

Nate Hawkins

B Tecumseh @ Heritage Hills 1/18/2020 Raised $943.31 Proceeds to ACS
Gibson Southern

Rusty Reeves

G Washington @ Gibson Southern 1/18/2020 Raised $1677 Proceeds will go to 2 local families & Relay for Life.
Eastern Greene

Aaron Buskirk

B Whihte River Valley @ Eastern Greene 2/6/2020 Raised 1794 for local family
Forest Park

David Welp

B Jasper @ Forest Park 1/24/2020 Proceeds to ACS

Mikel Miller

B Orleans @ Lanesville 1/18/2020 Raised $ 559.04
Union County

Alex McCool

B Centerville @ Union County 1/29/2020 Raised $550 Proceeds to ACS
New Palestine

Jeff Wright

B/G Pendleton Heights @ New Pal 1/17/2020 Raised $3000.13 Proceeds to ACS

Shelby Gliebe(Miller)

G   1/28/2020  

Todd Salkoski

  Wes Del @ Shenandoah 1/13/2020 Raised $1100 to local family

Becca Hoefler

G   11/2019 Raised $347. Proceeds to Relay for Life in Shelby County
Traders Point

Kayla Wiatt

    1/7/2020 Raised $114 for ACS
Hamilton Heights

Chad Ballanger

B Northwestern @ Hamilton Heights   Raised $1303.56 Proceeds to local Pharis family

Matt Luce

B Union(Modoc) @ Wapahani 2/8/2020  
Northeast Dubois

Terry Friedman

B Springs Valley @ NE Dubois 1/25/2020 Proceeds to ACS

Missi Tyler

G     Raised $2704 Proceeds to 2 local women battling cancer

Alan Huggler

B North Judson @ Winamac 1/17/2020 Raised $358 for ACS
Tri High

Jeff Miller

G Centerville @ Tri 1/23/2020 Raised $248.61 foe ACS 

Andrew Weaver

B Lebanon @ Plainfield   Raised $222 for ACS 
West Washington

Mary Anne Knapp

B Henryville @ West Washington 2/21/2020  


G     Raised $1978 Donated to two local groups 


      Raised $750 to Matt English Foundation.


      Raised $600 to Local Group
Evansville Christian


      Raised $875.75 to ACS


      Raised $2467.49 to Riley Childrens
Pike Central


      Raised $633 for local lady 


      Raised $960 for Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center 
South Central (Elizabeth)


B/G     Raised $800 for ACS 


G     Raised $279 to Jimmy V 


      Raised $550 To Pink Ribbon Connection


G     Raised $1000 to Parkview Cancer Care 
Adams Central


      Raised $ 325 To Local Cancer Board
Evansville Central


G     Raised $248.68 To ACS-Colon Cancer 


B     Raised $ 850 to Dubois Co. Leukemia Assoc. 
East Central


      Raised $2626 for Local Lady 

Devin Brierly

G Rising Sun @ SW(Hanover) 1/21/20 Raised $2431.32 To ACS 

Doug Springer

G NorthWood @ Northridge 1/184/20

Raised $11,000 to  

Donated to Goshen Center for Cancer Care Patient’s Assistance Fund

Lake Central

Coach Huppenthal (G) and Coach Milausnic (B)



Raised $706.28 To

Northwest Indiana Cancer Center for Kids


Amanda Evans

      Raised $546 for PC Relay for Life 

Dennis Bentzler


Raised $300.13

Donated to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society



Kerry Brown


Raised $23,042.90 to ACS

Beech Grove

Mike Renfro


Raised $1965.95 to Relay for Life 


Andy Steele


Raised $250 to ACS

North Daviess

Brent Dallrymple


Raised$ 273.30 to ACS






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