American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2021 E-Update
February 2021 l Issue No. 3
Dear CvC Teammates, 

Cancer hasn’t gone away. One could argue that cancer patients are impacted in as negative a way as anybody during this pandemic because the hospitals aren’t allowing access to guests, and you don’t have your loved ones by your side as you’re going through the fight. If there’s ever a time for us to keep people fighting a terrible disease at the top of our minds and in our hearts, it’s now during this pandemic.

We found a way to have a special time last August in Las Vegas and raise dollars for the American Cancer Society - and we are dedicated to do it again this May. Despite the challenges, the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic - presented by Sanford Health - keeps growing. Wald Family Foods is joining the team as a “Starting Lineup” sponsor (see more below) and Coach Kruger is pushing hard for a 2021 sellout of foursomes to provide much needed dollars to the fight. 
Please play your role. Together, we’re going to win. Thank you and see you in Las Vegas in May.

Greg McDermott
Creighton, Head Coach
Coaches vs. Cancer Council member
The 10th Annual Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out auction raised more than $40,000 earlier this month. The annual Pink Out game has raised nearly $300,000 benefiting the ACS Hope Lodge facility in Omaha throughout the years.
Wald Family Foods joins LV Classic sponsor lineup
CEO Tommy Wald thrilled to boost support in the fight against cancer
Wald Family Foods is a NEW "Starting Lineup" sponsor for 2021, with a strong commitment to continue through 2023 at a minimum.  
CEO Tommy Wald is thrilled to be able to participate at a higher level. 

"I've competed in the golf tournament for a few years before the pandemic, and I was so impressed by the Coaches vs. Cancer organization and their event as a whole,” said Wald. “I'm naturally drawn to the event because I played college basketball in the 90s (Nebraska; GO BIG RED!) and I just love the college game. Each year, I'd return home from the tournament and want to do more in the fight against cancer. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be in this position and able to help." 

Wald Family Foods is a family-owned food manufacturer with facilities in Nebraska and Kansas whose products are found all over North America. Their customers include many of the world's premier food brand companies and national retailers.
Familiar LV Golf Classic coaching names in the spotlight this season
Coaches leading teams to success - on court and against cancer
So many coaches work so hard in the fight against cancer it’s easy to forget it’s not their first priority. The platform of being a Division-I basketball coach allows them the opportunity to help lead the Coaches vs. Cancer effort. As March Madness is just weeks away, coaches with ties to the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health have their teams in the national spotlight.

Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Illinois’ Brad Underwood (pictured) lead two of the top teams in the Big Ten, one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Both programs have spent several weeks ranked in the Top 10 this season. (McCaffery’s wife, Margaret, serves on the national board of the American Cancer Society.) Speaking of spending time in the Top 10, Greg McDermott’s Creighton Bluejays have been a regular in the rankings all year out of the Big East. Purdue’s Matt Painter, Chicago Loyola’s Porter Moser and USC's Andy Enfield also have their squads ranked in the most recent Top 25.

Of course, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Oregon’s Dana Altman - both fixtures with the LV Golf Classic - lead two of the most consistent programs in the nation and have both spent time in the Top 25 this season, along with Mick Cronin's UCLA squad. And then there is event founder Lon Kruger. Kruger’s Oklahoma squad had a historic January becoming just the third team in history (and first since 1974) to beat four Top 10 teams in one month as the Sooners found their way into the Top 10 earlier this month.

Good luck to all our coaches as you finish this unique year - we are rooting for you. And THANK YOU for leading our team as we fight cancer! 
New American Cancer Society golf contact for LV Classic
Samantha Molinero joins team, will serve as primary ACS contact for event
Samantha Molinero is now serving as the primary American Cancer Society contact for the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health. Molinero can be reached at [email protected] or (954) 639-2101. Please direct all registration info and questions to her. 

Molinero (pictured) will fill the role previously held by Angela VanBrackle, who has been promoted to Executive Director of the Nevada Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Congratulations, Angela! And welcome to the team, Samantha.
Registration info needed, Saturday/Tuesday hotel rates provided
Event is just three months away - secure your plans
Player information is needed for those with foursomes in the May 16-18 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health. Click here to complete the registration form and return it to Samantha Molinero with American Cancer Society at [email protected] as soon as possible. Player information and payments are due by April 16.
More information is also available on the Classic's website.

Those interested in playing - but who have yet to secure a foursome - please contact Lon Kruger at [email protected] regarding the status of the waiting list. 

Hotel accommodations on the evenings of Sunday, May 16 and Monday, May 17 are included with tournament registration fees. The American Cancer Society is unable to provide complimentary rooms for participants on Saturday (May 15) or Tuesday (May 18). Park MGM has offered special room rates (for the first 50 rooms booked each night) for participants on those dates - Saturday, $263 plus taxes/fees and Tuesday, $79 plus taxes/fees. Contact Samantha Molinero ([email protected]) to inquire about staying additional nights.
Who is in for the Classic in 2021?
The following coaches/celebrities are scheduled to be part of the event this May:
Roy Williams
North Carolina
Dana Altman
Lon Kruger
Bruce Weber
Kansas State
Bob Chipman
Washburn (retired)
Fran McCaffery
Brad Underwood
Eric Musselman
Frank Martin
South Carolina
Tubby Smith
High Point
Matt Painter
Greg McDermott
Wayne Tinkle
Oregon State
Andy Enfield
Dave Pilipovich
New Mexico
Tim Miles
TV Personality
T.J. Otzelberger
Porter Moser
Chicago Loyola
Greg Kampe
Mick Cronin
Derrin Hansen
Fred Hoiberg
Bob Marlin
Ron Cottrell
Houston Baptist
Chris Crutchfield
East Central
Jim Harrick
UCLA (retired)
Reggie Theus
NBA (retired)
Gar Heard
Kevin McKenna
Jud Kinne
Houston Baptist
Joe Washington
Carlin Hartman
Pooh Williamson
Jim Molinari
Kevin Kruger
Tim Buckley
DeMarlo Slocum
Joe Holladay
North Carolina (retired)
Doc Sadler
Brandon Chappell
Mike Montgomery
Stanford/Cal (retired)
Ron McHenry
Jim Livengood
Hall of Fame AD
Gene Taylor
Kansas State AD
Desiree Reed-Francois
JT The Brick
Radio Personality
Sean Farnham
Seth Greenberg
Eric Lautenbach

You vs. Cancer
Steve Stallworth - General Manager
South Point Hotel & Casino, Arena & Equestrian Center (LV, NV)
Steve Stallworth has participated in the Las Vegas Golf Classic throughout the years and is looking forward to this May's event.
"Coach Kruger and the team of Classic supporters continue to deliver for those affected by cancer. I’ve followed the evolution of this event over the last decade, and I’m always impressed by the teamwork, camaraderie and genuine interest by all involved to finish the fight against this terrible disease. It was extra rewarding to join old friends on the course last year when cancer patients and their families needed us most." -Steve Stallworth
A special thank you to our sponsors
Sponsorships for 2021 Classic available
Want to join the likes of Sanford Health, MGM Resorts International, NextGen Cattle Co., Nike, Top of the World, The UPS Store, Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Wald Family Foods and Xs & Os of Success and play an even bigger role in supporting Coaches vs. Cancer? All while gaining valuable exposure for your organization?

Find out more about becoming a sponsor of the 2021 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic by contacting D.J. Allen at [email protected] or (702) 339-0991.
Learn More
Have questions about the 14th 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.
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