Wednesday, September 7, 2022

15th annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser coming to Lawrence in October

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions from media members a press conference on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at United Center in Chicago.

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions from media members a press conference on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at United Center in Chicago.


The 15th annual Coaches vs. Cancer season tipoff fundraiser is moving to Lawrence this year.

Normally held in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the event will move to the large ballroom at Crown Automotive in Lawrence for the 2022 event, which will officially be dubbed the Coaches vs. Cancer Rock Chalk Tipoff.

According to a news release announcing the move, KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self “and several special guests” will attend the event, which is slated for 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The event is being hosted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, and the money raised will go to support the ACS’s mission “to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer by directly helping people in our community, providing information and support, free lodging and transportation, and funding local research grants.”

Since 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer events have raised more than $145 million for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight the disease.

Sponsored by the University of Kansas Health System and the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Oct. 5 event will begin with a VIP reception at 5 p.m., followed by general admission at 6 p.m. Seating begins at 7 p.m. and the festivities, which will include a live auction and panel of Kansas basketball guests, is slated to start at 7:15 p.m.

For tickets, to register for the auction or to donate to the cause, visit


Andy Godwin 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I have been fortunate to attend the last 8 or so "Coaches versus Cancer" founded by Norm Stewart (or as Jay Bilas corrected coach Self one year when he served as the master of ceremonies that it was not "Coaches for Cancer – cancer is not a good thing”). Past events had coaches from the local schools, including KSU, MU, UMKC (men's and women's coaches the past few years), and KU’s Bill Self. The WSU Shocker's head coach (Gary Marshall) came a few years and later decided to stop attending. Clearly KU had the biggest following and that annoyed some of the other head coaches. I will say that Jacie Hoyt (2017-2021), the former UMKC women’s head coach was a good addition to the typically male dominated event. No idea who will be the special guests this year and the type of silent/live auction items people can “win” given the fundraiser is even more KU focused - "Rock Chalk tipoff" and in Lawrence. It looks like Self has agreed to carry on Norm Stewart's legacy started in partnership with the ACS. Past events have been fun, and the money goes to a good cause. Sorry I will have to miss this year's event. Rock Chalk.

Craig Jackson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks Andy! Doing my best Jay probably meant WSU coach Gregg Marshall. Garry (sic) Marshall passed away...another "not a good thing."


Andy Godwin 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Yes Craig "Jay Bila" Jackson, Gregg Marshall - a major Freudian slip. Although Gregg Marshall's career at WSU did not end well - "resigns as Wichita State coach amid allegations of physical, verbal abuse against ex-players".

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