American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2020 E-Update
May 2020 l Issue No. 5
Dear Coaches vs. Cancer Teammates,

Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither have we.  

It’s been a privilege to be involved with Lon Kruger and coaches from around the nation since the inception of the Las Vegas Golf Classic 13 years ago. The commitment to support the American Cancer Society is real. The love for others is real. All you have to do is attend the event each year and feel it.

Obviously, this year’s event brings with it a unique set of circumstances as we are all adjusting to the pandemic. But cancer keeps taking lives. In fact, cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever and that’s why so many people are committed to making the 2020 Classic happen. 
Thank you to all the coaches who lead our efforts and thank you to fellow sponsors - including Sanford Health and MGM Resorts - who are dedicated to making the Las Vegas Golf Classic continue to be one of the premier events of its kind in the nation as we raise money to save lives. 

Now, more than ever, thank you for your commitment. We’ll see you in Las Vegas in August. 

Derek Thompson
NextGen Cattle Co.
(Derek Thompson and his wife, Christin, have been sponsors of the Las Vegas Golf Classic for the past six years. Last year, the Thompsons donated an additional $50,000 to the event in honor of Terry O’Bryan, Lon’s sister, who had recently passed away.)  
Sanford Health fights pandemic - and cancer
Presenting sponsor continues to lead LV Classic support
The pandemic has impacted all of us in different ways. Sanford Health - the presenting sponsor of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic - is on the front lines as one of the largest health systems in the United States. 
“We are so appreciative of what all the health care workers across the country have been doing to care for those in need while putting their own health at risk,” said Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger , founder of the Las Vegas Classic. “Sanford Health has been the biggest fan of this event in recent years and it’s our turn to return that support.”

“As we rally together during these difficult times, Sanford Health is honored to continue our support of this significant event that brings together so many coaches who don’t just care about wins and losses, but about making a tremendous difference in the lives of people affected by cancer,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft , president and CEO of Sanford Health. “Coaches vs. Cancer has a special meaning to Sanford Health, and we have the utmost respect for the work Lon and the staff have done.”
From left: South Carolina coach Frank Martin, North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Oregon coach Dana Altman
and Sanford Health president & CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft at the Classic in 2017.
August’s Las Vegas Classic will mark the fourth consecutive year Sanford Health will be the event’s presenting sponsor. It will be the second year of a $2.5 million contribution to the American Cancer Society (over five years) it announced in 2018 to continue to present the event.
“Sanford Health’s commitment to the fight against cancer, to Coaches vs. Cancer and to this event has been a game-changer,” Kruger said. 

Every year Sanford Health treats more than 25,000 cancer patients and provides more than 110,000 mammograms. 

“We must remember that cancer hasn’t taken a timeout during the pandemic,” said Krabbenhoft. “We urge people to continue to schedule preventative appointments so we can catch cancer in the early stages and help them lead healthy lives with their families.”

Sanford Health , one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition. For information, visit or Sanford Health News .
MGM Resorts' "Seven-Point Safety Plan" developed
Health and safety of guests is focus
The MGM Resorts team has been working with medical experts to develop a plan that will allow them to welcome guests back. Its “Seven-Point Safety Plan” - available here - puts your health and safety at the center of all they do. It is a comprehensive, multi-layered approach with guidance from public health experts.
"Hole Hero" program seeking new supporters in 2020
Program underwrites golf, honors loved ones
The popular "Hole Hero" program will return for the 2020 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 night events at MGM Grand . Underwriters - who are also golfing in the event - will receive an additional free round of golf for four at either Southern Highlands Golf Club or DragonRidge Country 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 D.J. Allen at [email protected] or (702) 339-0991.
Player information, payments due soon
New website available for Classic
Player information is needed for those with foursomes in the upcoming Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic presented by Sanford Health . Click here to complete the registration form and return it to Angela VanBrackle with American Cancer Society at [email protected] as soon as possible. Player information and payments are due by June 26, 2020 .

More information (including the event schedule ) 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 8/9 and 8/10 are included with tournament registration fees. The American Cancer Society is unable to provide complimentary rooms for participants on Saturday (Aug. 8) or Tuesday (Aug. 11). MGM Grand has offered discounted room rates (on standard rooms in the Grand Tower) for participants on those dates - Saturday, $79 plus taxes/fees and Tuesday, $49 plus taxes/fees. Contact Angela VanBrackle (email address above) to inquire about staying additional nights.
Who is in for the Classic in 2020?
The following coaches/celebrities are scheduled to be part of the event this August:
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
Dave Pilipovich
Classic Supporter
T.J. Otzelberger
Porter Moser
Chicago Loyola
Greg Kampe
Mick Cronin
Derrin Hansen
Fred Hoiberg
Bob Marlin
Ron Cottrell
 Houston Baptist
Steve Henson
Tim Miles
TV Personality
Jim Harrick
UCLA (retired)
Ron McHenry
Chris Crutchfield
Reggie Theus
NBA (retired)
Gar Heard
Kevin McKenna
Jud Kinne
 Houston Baptist
Joe Washington
Carlin Hartman
Pooh Williamson
Kevin Kruger
Tim Buckley
DeMarlo Slocum
Joe Holladay
North Carolina (retired)
Doc Sadler
Jim Molinari
Brandon Chappell
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
Shon Hansen - H3 Enterprises - Family Business Member
 (Alma Creamery, Quality Food Processors, NBO3 Technologies)
Colbert Hills (Manhattan, KS)
Shon Hansen (pictured far left with his team in 2019) is excited to return to Las Vegas for his third Classic this August.
“It’s a pleasure to be a part of the CvC Las Vegas event. As a K-State graduate, born and raised in Manhattan, I’ve seen many of the attending coaches perform their craft here at KSU, all the way back to Lon Kruger’s playing days as a Wildcat. I’m happy to support coach Lon Kruger, coach Bruce Weber and former Kansas State baseball coach Mike Clark and his personal fight that he’s winning against Cancer!” -Shon Hansen
A special thank you to our sponsors
Sponsorships for 2020 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 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 2020 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 13 th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic? 
Visit the Classic's new website or contact Angela VanBrackle  with American Cancer Society at [email protected] or (610) 392-4098.
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