State of Iowa Coaches Team Up for "Hoops for Hope"

Feb. 13, 2007

The American Cancer Society is proud to announce Iowa’s Steve Alford, Iowa State’s Greg McDermott, Northern Iowa’s Ben Jacobson, and Drake’s Keno Davis will join together with their spouses in hosting the first “Hoops for Hope”, a fundrasing event benefiting the American Cancer Society. This premier event is a gathering of the state’s basketball coaches/wives along with community leaders and dedicated supporters for a night of fun, entertainment, and basketball-themed excitement. During this unique and first-time event, attendees will be able to socialize with the coaches, enjoy sports-related commentary, and headline entertainment.

“Tanya and I are excited to be a part of this inaugural event,” said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. “It’s a great opportuinity to join with the head coaches from the Division I programs in the state, and their wives, to work together in raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. This event promises to be a very entertaining evening to benefit a great cause.”

This event is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer® program. Coaches vs. Cancer® is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.

The event will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Meadows Ballroom located at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.

Although there are more cancer survivors than ever before, cancer continues to threaten the lives of our loved ones and friends. Cancer knows no boundaries, and to defeat this disease we must work collectively to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer.

The aggressive goals that we are working to achieve by 2015 include:

  • Reduce cancer incidence by 25%
  • Reduce cancer mortality by 50%
  • Measureably improve the quality of life for people with cancer

The 2007 Inaugural “Hoops for Hope” will raise funds to attain these goals and provide an exceptional opportunity to enjoy a special evening in supporting the American Cancer Society.

For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Lowry at the American Cancer Society at 800-688-0147 or 515-727-0058.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. To find out more about breast cancer information, low-cost or free breast cancer screenings call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit