American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2022 E-Update
March 2022 l Issue No. 4
Dear Friends,

I’m so pumped to be back in Las Vegas this year as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer team. The Las Vegas Classic - presented by our great friends at Sanford Health - is special because of the cause and the people involved. 

Being a part of this event throughout the years has been a highlight of my career off the court. Watching the Classic grow and provide millions of dollars to fight cancer has been unbelievable. And it’s been an honor to team with Lon Kruger, our fellow coaches and passionate supporters throughout the nation to make the Classic one of the top events of its kind in the nation.
We’re going to have fun in Las Vegas in May - and, more importantly, we are going to save lives. See you there and thank you for being a part of Team Coaches vs. Cancer.

Tim Miles 
San Jose State, Head Coach
Registration closing soon - information and payment needed
Event is just two months away - secure your plans
Player information is needed for foursomes in the May 15-17 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 15. More information is also available on the Classic's website
Wald Family Foods returns as starter
in fight against cancer
Company committed to LV Golf Classic's mission
Wald Family Foods is proud to be a "Starting Lineup" sponsor for the second consecutive year.

While the threat of cancer has been overshadowed by the pandemic recently, cancer hasn't stopped, so the work isn't done. The Wald Family Foods organization is committed to staying in this fight against cancer, both for their team members and the people battling worldwide.

“At Wald, we consider ourselves teammates,” said CEO Tommy Wald. “Sadly, many of our teammates and their families have been impacted by the life-changing effects of cancer. We believe the most successful teams work together towards a common goal. We are absolutely committed to the fight against cancer.”
Wald Family Foods is incredibly grateful to be returning to such a relentless team of people who care so deeply about this cause.

“We look forward to reconnecting with the staff, coaches and key contributors to the important fight against cancer at this year’s event," shared Wald.

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. 
Popular "Hole Hero" program returns in 2022
Program underwrites golf, honors loved ones
The popular "Hole Hero" program will return for the 2022 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health and organizers are looking for new supporters. 
The program allows participants to honor a loved one who has passed away from cancer, is being treated for cancer or is a survivor. While helping organizers to offset the golf provided to players during the event, the program allows underwriters to celebrate those in their lives impacted by cancer. 

"Hole Hero" sponsorships are $5,000 and will include signage on the course, exposure in e-newsletters and special recognition during the Sunday night event at Park MGM. Underwriters - who are also golfing in the event - will receive an additional free round of golf for four at either Southern Highlands Golf Club, DragonRidge Country Club or Reflection Bay Golf Club in the Las Vegas valley. If you or someone you know is interested in more information about the program or wants to renew from last year, please contact Lon Kruger at [email protected] or Bridget Byrne at [email protected].
"Farnham Flatbread" raises over $16K benefiting Classic
ESPN analyst's Spokane connection continues support of CvC
ESPN’s Sean Farnham has become a face and voice of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health. This year’s “Farnham Flatbread” program in Spokane raised over $16,000 to support Coaches vs. Cancer. Check out the quick video below. 
Kruger's efforts help OKC Hope Lodge
become a reality
The Oklahoman recently featured a story on retired coach, new facility
Those involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic - presented by Sanford Health - are not surprised to see recently retired coach Lon Kruger working harder than ever to support the American Cancer Society. Here’s a short quote from a recent story in The Oklahoman: 

“The former OU men’s basketball coach has been retired for almost a year. But on Wednesday afternoon as the Chad Richison Hope Lodge celebrated a construction milestone, placing that final beam and topping off a facility that will soon provide free lodging for cancer patients receiving treatment, we saw clearly that Kruger isn’t slowing down.”

Read the full article about the OKC Hope Lodge here and view the video here.
Name that Coach
This Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Classic coach is the only coach in Division-I history with 400+ wins at two different schools?

A. Kentucky’s John Calipari
B. Recently-retired Roy Williams
C. Recently-retired Tubby Smith
D. Recently-retired Lon Kruger

See answer below.
Overtime with recently retired High Point head coach Tubby Smith
Coaching legend Tubby Smith - one of the most active coaches in Coaches vs. Cancer - recently stepped away from his head coaching duties at High Point, his alma mater. Smith, who won an NCAA title in 1998 with Kentucky, also served as head coach at Tulsa, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Memphis.
If you didn’t coach basketball, what would you be doing for a living?
Oh boy… I’d be coaching football (laughing).

Three words your wife Donna would use to describe you?
Too talkative. She’s always saying, “Cut, you’re talking too much.” That’s probably it.

Outside of family and basketball, what would you consider a great passion in your life?
I would think my faith. That’s been the key to my survival. 

Your favorite athlete growing up?
Oscar Robertson. “The Big O.” My real name is Orlando so I kind of used that term - “The Big O.”
What is some of the best life advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to share with others?
I think my dad taught me… the great John Wooden used the term “balance” but my dad’s whole thing was “moderation.” Don’t go to one extreme or the other. He’d say, “Son, I’ll tell you not to smoke but you’re probably going to try it but don’t make it a habit. I can tell you not to drink but you’re probably going to try it but don’t become an alcoholic. You’re going to speed but don’t kill anybody speeding.” Don’t get too high when you win and don’t get too low when you lose. You’ve got to have moderation and balance in your life. 

Listen to more of Coach Smith’s conversation with Lon Kruger and the Xs & Os of Success’ D.J. Allen here. Kruger and Allen host Coaches vs. Cancer’s monthly podcast “Coached Up” talking basketball, leadership, life and the fight against cancer with some of the top names in the sport. 
Who is in for the Classic in 2022?
Over 30 current/former head coaches are scheduled to be part of the event this May:
Roy Williams
North Carolina (retired)
Dana Altman
Lon Kruger
CvC Council Chair (retired)
Frank Martin
South Carolina
Brad Underwood
Eric Musselman
Bob Chipman
Washburn (retired)
Fran McCaffery
Greg McDermott
Tubby Smith
High Point (retired)
Matt Painter
Andy Enfield
Jerod Haase
Wayne Tinkle
Oregon State
Kevin Kruger
Tim Miles
San Jose State
Fred Hoiberg
Porter Moser
Derrin Hansen
Bob Marlin
T.J. Otzelberger
Iowa State
Kermit Davis
Ole Miss
Greg Kampe
Ron Cottrell
Houston Baptist
Tad Boyle
Murry Bartow
UCLA (formerly)
Rick Byrd
Belmont (retired)
Jim Harrick
UCLA (retired)
Reggie Theus
NBA (retired)
Gar Heard
NBA (retired)
Doc Sadler
Pete Herrmann
Young Harris (retired)
Ron McHenry
Sonny Cumbie
Louisiana Tech FB
Chris Klieman
Kansas State FB

Name that Coach
Answer: Retired North Carolina coach Roy Williams amassed 903 total wins in his career - 418 at Kansas and 485 at North Carolina. Williams was also awarded the 2019 Circle of Honor Award, a prestigious national honor within the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The award recognizes college coaches for their extraordinary commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives against cancer through fundraising and awareness. 
A special thank you to our sponsors
Sponsorships for 2022 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 2022 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 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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