American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2022 E-Update
May 2022 l Issue No. 6
To the CvC Family,

I have always had a deep appreciation and the utmost respect for people who choose to dedicate their lives to helping others. My mother was a nurse for more than 40 years, and my wife, Jill, is a physician’s assistant (PA-C). I have always admired their commitment to caring for patients who were fighting to spend more time with their loved ones. They inspire me and so many others. 
The team that Coaches vs. Cancer has assembled to fight this disease is also inspiring. You are giving your time and your energy to stand up for something that is bigger than any opponent you’ll face on the court. It is a privilege to stand with you.

Sanford Health believes that a patient’s care should not be determined by their zip code - that’s why we continue to improve access to research and clinical trials. If you’re fighting cancer in a small town, we promise to deliver the same quality of care you would get in a bigger city.

Sanford Health is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic for the sixth year. Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful event. It takes a team to take on cancer, and it is going to take a team to ultimately beat cancer. We are all in this together.

With gratitude,

Bill Gassen 
President and CEO
Sanford Health
It all starts Sunday night at Park MGM!
Event returning to Park MGM for the second year in a row
It’s time! Sunday night marks the start of the 15th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic, presented by Sanford Health and hosted by MGM Resorts International. All proceeds - anticipated to once again exceed $1.5 million - will benefit the American Cancer Society. (Click here for event schedule and here for event program.)

The event tips off for participants and special guests with a private party at Park MGM’s North Pool on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. PT for the PARTY WITH A PURPOSE. Sean Farnham (ESPN) and D.J. Allen (Xs & Os of Success) will host a short program celebrating Coaches vs. Cancer. Golf then tees off Monday morning. 

A series of logistics emails (access initial one here) are being sent to all participants from Samantha Molinero with more details, including transportation information to and from the golf courses on Monday and Tuesday (9 a.m. PT shotgun start on both days at Shadow Creek, Southern Highlands and Cascata). 
The “Bigger Monday” Party will be held inside Bellagio’s Grand Ballroom beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT. During this evening, Denise Rosch, patient of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and an award-winning journalist with the local NBC affiliate, will share her incredible journey as a stage IV colon cancer survivor while stressing the importance of early detection and successful treatment outcomes. Complimentary shuttles will be available from 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. and upon the party’s conclusion. Access the shuttle at Park MGM’s Uber/Rideshare staging area. Upon arrival at Bellagio, an event greeter will direct you to the Grand Ballroom. The Aria Express Tram is another option for transport at no cost.
Dress to both evening events is "Summer Cocktail Casual.” (Potential options for attire include, but are not limited to, summer dresses, slacks, shorts, jeans, polos and button up shirts.) We are anticipating triple-digit temperatures throughout the event. Be sure to pack accordingly and stay hydrated!
While you are enjoying your time in Las Vegas, remember to tag Coaches vs. Cancer (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), MGM Resorts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and Park MGM (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) on social media.

For more information, contact Samantha Molinero with ACS at [email protected] or (954) 639-2101. 
Comprehensive Cancer Centers exhibits spirit of LV Classic
Local partner's commitment to patients highlights Classic's mission
Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ annual involvement with the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic brings a special feel to the event.  
“The Las Vegas Classic exists to support those battling cancer and our relationship with Comprehensive Cancer Centers brings that to the forefront each May,” said Lon Kruger, event founder and chair. “It’s a privilege to team with Comprehensive and honor their patients. They inspire us.”
This year’s “Mission Moment” on Monday night will spotlight Denise Rosch, a patient of Dr. Rupesh Parikh, medical oncologist, of Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Denise is a nationally recognized reporter, a fifteen-time Emmy Award winner, a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, a mother, wife and, most recently, a stage IV colon cancer survivor.

Although she finished chemotherapy in April 2019, after twelve rounds of treatment, and has had no issues since, she still receives scans, labs and x-rays every three to four months and her mission remains the same: to raise awareness about screening and early detection.

Denise has faced her battle with cancer with the same determination that she has shown throughout her career and has used her platform to fight for others with cancer along the way. (Learn more about her courageous journey in the video below.)
“The Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic provides such a special opportunity to recognize our patients’ and their families’ inspiring stories,” said Jon Bilstein, chief executive officer of Comprehensive. “They are the reason we do what we do - and we will never forget that. With so much power and meaning, this event is such a pride point for our physicians, staff and, certainly, the community as a whole.”
Comprehensive is a multi-specialty practice offering medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary medicine, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research to patients in Southern Nevada. The practice has 46 physicians, 16 advanced practice providers and 14 treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada.

Comprehensive prides itself on its extensive research program that brings groundbreaking clinical research trials to the community. The practice, which partners with institutions such as UCLA TRIO-US, The US Oncology Network, USC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and leading pharmaceutical companies, participates in more than 170 Phase I, II & III clinical research studies each year, and has contributed to the development of more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies.
LV Classic continues to grow sponsor roster
Coolibar, Pulte Homes, Las Vegas Review-Journal join effort
Eric Lautenbach and Nike. Derek Thompson and NextGen Cattle Co. Some names and sponsors have been involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic since day one 15 years ago. The key to raising more dollars for the American Cancer Society has been retaining supporters - led by Sanford Health and MGM Resorts - while growing the roster.
This year, Coolibar and Pulte Homes have joined the fight against cancer as Starting Lineup sponsors of the Classic. They accompany Nike, Top of the World, The UPS Store, Wald Family Foods and Xs & Os of Success in the starting lineup. 

For the first time, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is engaged with the LV Classic team raising funds by publishing a special section highlighting the Classic. The Las Vegas Sports Network is also a media partner. 
2021 champs look to repeat in LV Classic
Competition is wide open as many top teams, golfers return
Kansas State and Oklahoma are two of the best-represented schools every year at the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health - and both schools captured gross titles last year. K-State’s John Chandler, Bernie Haney and Tracer Paul captured a gross title last May and the three golfers will be returning this year to the LV Classic. Meanwhile, the entire Sooner Stickmen squad (pictured) remains intact (Danny Heatly, Ron Clark, Tyler Woodward and Bo Overton) as it looks to repeat as a gross champion.
Houston Baptist head coach Ron Cottrell’s team - including returners Adam Carpenter and Mathew Werner - will also look to defend its 2021 gross title from Southern Highlands. 

Eric Lautenbach’s Nike team (including Jamie Snook and Rich Schlachter (pictured)) returns defending a 2021 net title after winning a gross title in 2020. Benefit Architects featuring Bud Hebert, Jerry Baker and Jarod Baker also returns after a net title last year.
Two teams that finished second gross in 2021 return looking for a title - Oregon (Mike Hudman, Ryan Hudman and Tom Reed) and Team Canfield (Jordan Canfield, Bob Chipman, Chad Roesler and Justin Jacquinot). Scott Shuler’s Top of the World team (including returner Matt Mackay) is always in the hunt for a title after placing once again last year.  

ESPN’s Sean Farnham returns with teammates Ian Morgan and Dave Gorman after a second place net finish last year as does the Wald Family Foods team, led by Tommy Wald and John Reaves
Name that Coach
This Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic current or former head coach led the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball program to its winningest three-year stretch in program history.

A. Recently-retired Bruce Weber
B. Illinois’ Brad Underwood
C. Recently-retired Lon Kruger
D. Kansas’ Bill Self

See answer below.
Who is in for the Classic in 2022?
These coaches/special guests are scheduled to be part of the event starting this Sunday:
Roy Williams
North Carolina (retired)
Dana Altman
Lon Kruger
CvC Council Chair (retired)
Matt Painter
Brad Underwood
Fred Hoiberg
Bob Chipman
Washburn (retired)
Fran McCaffery
Greg McDermott
Tubby Smith
High Point (retired)
Porter Moser
Andy Enfield
Jerod Haase
Wayne Tinkle
Oregon State
Kevin Kruger
Tim Miles
San Jose State
Chris Crutchfield
Tad Boyle
Ron Cottrell
Houston Baptist
Wes Miller
Todd Eisner
Winona State
Johnny Tauer
St. Thomas
Jud Kinne
Houston Baptist
Alan Huss
Gene Taylor
Kansas State AD
Spencer Haywood
NBA (retired)
Kevin McKenna
Gar Heard
NBA (retired)
Brandon Chappell
Pete Herrmann
Young Harris (retired)
John Cooper
Lindy La Rocque
C.J. Watson
NBA (retired)
Ricky Sobers
NBA (retired)
Joe Washington
NFL (retired)
Ron McHenry
Russ Ortiz
MLB (retired)
Craig Barlow
Sherri Coale
Oklahoma (retired)
Kendall Dye
Danielle Kang
Alex Kang
Sonny Cumbie
Louisiana Tech FB
Chris Klieman
Kansas State FB
Erick Harper
Dr. Karen Knudsen
Craig Robinson
NABC Executive Director
JT The Brick
Mad Dog Sports Radio
Sean Farnham
Dalen Cuff
David Lipsky
Eric Lautenbach
Name that Coach
Answer: Illinois head coach Brad Underwood. The Big Ten has been one of the nation's preeminent conferences in recent years. It was ranked No. 1 by KenPom in 2020 and 2021, and received a league-record nine NCAA Tournament bids in 2021 and 2022. Yet no team has fared better in the conference during this stretch than the Fighting Illini, who are 44-16 (.733) in Big Ten play the last three years of the Underwood era. Illinois owns the most wins and best winning percentage in the league over the last three Big Ten campaigns.

The 44 Big Ten victories mark the winningest three-year run in school history, and the sixth-winningest three-year stretch by any Big Ten school in conference play. Illinois has won at least 13 Big Ten games in three straight years for the first time in program history, with Underwood claiming Illinois' two all-time winningest Big Ten seasons (16 in 2021, 15 in 2022), and three of the top seven (13 in 2020).
A special thank you to our sponsors
Warren DeMaio
Empire Marketing Strategies
Nikki & Jamie Harris with the
Phil Smith & Family Foundation
Danny & Dana Heatly
Lon & Barb Kruger
Fran & Margaret McCaffery
The McGivern Family
The McGraw Family
Mark & Caroline Reaves
Neil & Stacy Weissman
Learn More
Have questions about the 15th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic? 
Visit the Classic's website or contact Samantha Molinero with American Cancer Society at [email protected] or (954) 639-2101. For 2021 highlights, click here and here.
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