American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2022 E-Update
April 2022 l Issue No. 5
Dear CvC Teammates,

It’s hard to believe we’ve been a part of the Las Vegas Golf Classic since its inception 15 years ago. We’ve made so many memories over the years while striving towards our mission - to defeat cancer. 

Thank you to Lon Kruger and all the coaches who make this event possible each year. Keep using your platforms to help others and thank you for letting sponsors and participants like us share that platform with you. 
While the event started with fewer than 15 foursomes and has grown to over 80, the Classic still has a family reunion feel to it and we get inspired every time we are around this team. Thank you to all involved in this fight against cancer. It’s a fight we must stay in until the end. We’ll see you in Las Vegas soon. 

Derek Thompson
NextGen Cattle Co. 
(Derek Thompson and his wife, Christin, have been sponsors of the Las Vegas Golf Classic for the past eight years. In 2019, the Thompsons donated an additional $50,000 to the event in honor of Terry O’Bryan, Lon’s sister, who had recently passed away.)  
Call for golfer registration information
Patrons asked to provide all needed info asap
Participants who have yet to provide organizers of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health with any needed registration information (click here to access the form) are asked to do so immediately.

This may include room information, handicaps, shoe size, shirt size and cell phone number. This information is critical for organizers as we work with key partners such as Park MGM and Nike.

Please provide your information to Samantha Molinero with ACS at [email protected] or (954) 639-2101.
Win custom CvC shoes, support the fight
Sweepstakes features 6 LV Classic coaches
Here’s your chance to win autographed, game-worn, custom shoes from participating coaches: Tony Bennett (Virginia), Isaac Brown (Wichita State), Scott Drew (Baylor), Mick Cronin (UCLA), Steve Donahue (Penn), Steve Henson (UTSA), James Jones (Yale), Jeff Jones (Old Dominion), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke - retired), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Porter Moser (Oklahoma), Eric Musselman (Arkansas), Kelvin Sampson (Houston), Mark Schmidt (St. Bonaventure), Tubby Smith (High Point - retired), Brad Underwood (Illinois) and Roy Williams (North Carolina - retired). 

McCaffery, Moser, Musselman, Smith, Underwood and Williams are all scheduled to take part in May's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Click here to learn more about this sweepstakes which runs through the end of this month.
Support for Hole Hero, Sixth Man sponsors is key
Maui Babe, National Basketball Retired Players Association join effort
There is still time for you to be a “Hole Hero” at the 2022 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health. The program allows participants to honor a loved one who has passed away from cancer, is being treated for cancer or is a survivor.
Growing sponsorships - such as Sixth Man and Hole Hero - are key to the Classic raising funds for the American Cancer Society. This year, Maui Babe and the National Basketball Retired Players Association have joined the roster as new “Sixth Man” sponsors.
"Hole Hero" sponsorships are $5,000 and will include signage on the course, exposure in e-newsletters and special recognition during LV Golf Classic events. 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 of 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].

The group of committed "Hole Heroes" currently includes:
  • Sanford Health

  • MGM Resorts International

  • NextGen Cattle Co. in memory of Bryan Lindstrom

  • Nike Basketball Family in memory of Louise Janka

  • Top of the World in memory of Gail McNally and in honor of Shelly Wilson

  • The UPS Store in memory of Joe Yale and Beth Sprude

  • Comprehensive Cancer Centers in honor of our survivors, fighters and angels

  • Wald Family Foods

  • Xs & Os of Success in memory of Keith Campbell and in honor of Ed Benson, Larry Allen, Vince Iodice and Joanne Ship
  • Altamont Capital

  • Maui Babe

  • National Basketball Retired Players Association, Inc.

  • Lon and Barb Kruger in memory of Don Kruger

  • The McGivern Family in memory of Greg Shields

  • Mark and Caroline Reaves in honor of Ashley Savill

  • Danny and Dana Heatly in memory of Dale Beckham and Charles Heatly

  • Empire Marketing Strategies

  • Nikki and Jamie Harris with the Phil Smith and Family Foundation in memory of Phil Smith and Tab Anderson and in honor of Stephanie Rudy

  • Neil and Stacy Weissman in honor of Wendy Weissman

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Family in memory of Peter Mindock, Ted Seagroves, Wade Leavitt and Rick McGraw and proud to honor Coach Clark
Name that Coach
This active Coaches vs. Cancer coach (who has participated in the Classic in the past) is the second-longest tenured head coach in NCAA Division-I Basketball behind Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim?

A. Kansas’ Bill Self
B. Gonzaga’s Mark Few
C. Oakland’s Greg Kampe
D. Yale’s James Jones

See answer below.
Who is in for the Classic in 2022?
These coaches/special guests are scheduled to be part of the event next month:
Roy Williams
North Carolina (retired)
Dana Altman
Lon Kruger
CvC Council Chair (retired)
Matt Painter
Brad Underwood
Eric Musselman
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
Fred Hoiberg
Tad Boyle
Ron Cottrell
Houston Baptist
Kermit Davis
Ole Miss
Todd Eisner
Winona State
Dave Pilipovich
Austin Spurs
Jud Kinne
Houston Baptist
Alan Huss
Gene Taylor
Kansas State AD
Spencer Haywood
NBA (retired)
Reggie Theus
NBA (retired)
Gar Heard
NBA (retired)
Doc Sadler
Pete Herrmann
Young Harris (retired)
C.J. Watson
NBA (retired)
Eric Snow
NBA (retired)
Joe Washington
NFL (retired)
Ron McHenry
Russ Ortiz
MLB (retired)
Craig Barlow
Sherri Coale
Oklahoma (retired)
Kendall Dye
Sonny Cumbie
Louisiana Tech FB
Chris Klieman
Kansas State FB
Dr. Karen Knudsen
Craig Robinson
NABC Executive Director
JT The Brick
Mad Dog Sports Radio
Sean Farnham
Eric Lautenbach

Name that Coach
Answer: Oakland head coach Greg Kampe is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and is one of only nine coaches who has been at the same school for at least 25 seasons. Kampe just completed his 38th season at Oakland compiling 650+ wins and five “Coach of the Year” awards. 
Oakland head coach Greg Kampe (right) supporting cancer warriors
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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