UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 17th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 31 at the Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses. It will be the fourth event on Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State's 2012-13 calendar as the organization nears eclipsing $2 million in total funds raised.
The event, hosted by Nittany Lion head coach Patrick Chambers, has become one of the most anticipated golf events in central Pennsylvania annually hosting more than 300 golfers, sponsors and regional sports luminaries in four flights taking place on both Penn State golf courses. The five-man, 18-hole scramble tournament is just part of the activities that begin on Thursday, May 30 with a gala captain/sponsors reception featuring high-end hors d'oeuvres, open beverage service and live music and wraps up with a post-tournament awards banquet.
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien headlined nine Penn State head coaches that participated in last year's event, which has been supported by the participation of numerous Penn State and regional sports figures and luminaries serving as captains of each participating group. Among the notable captains have been 1,000-point Nittany Lion scorers Joe Crispin, Pete Lisicky, Jarrett Stephens, Calvin Booth and Dan Earl, Nittany Lion football All-Americans Lydell Mitchell, Glenn Ressler, John Skorupan and Keith Conlin, former Nittany Lion basketball head coach Bruce Parkhill, Big Ten Network anchors Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo, the Nittany Lion basketball radio team of Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi, X-Games legend Jamie Bestwick and many, many more.
To register a group to participate in the tournament or to become a sponsor, please visit cvcpennstate.org for information and registration materials. All proceeds benefit Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State, which in its 18th year has raised more than $1,900,000 to help support the American Cancer Society and provide direct aid to those affected by the disease in the Centre region.
Led by Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers, the 2012-13 CVC-Penn State fund raising campaign is a year-round effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The 2012-13 event schedule kicked off with the CVC Reverse Car Drawing at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park last September and includes Coaches vs. Cancer Band Together Day and the CVC 5K Run/Walk so far this season. Dates of upcoming events include:
17th Annual CVC Golf Tournament - May 31 (Blue & White Golf Courses) State College Brew Expo - Aug. 17 (Tussey Mountain) CVC Reverse Car Drawing - Sept. 19 (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park) Coaches vs. Cancer Band Together Day - TBA (Bryce Jordan Center)
Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State raised a record net total of $215,000 during the 2011-12 campaign, surpassing the $200,000 mark for the third-straight year, and has netted over $1 million in the last six years alone. CVC-Penn State annually ranks among the top 10 highest fundraisers among Coaches vs. Cancer organizations nationally. Much of CVC-Penn State funds are donated directly to the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit funder of cancer research with over $30 million in research taking place in Pennsylvania each year, including three research grants totaling over $2.1 million at Penn State University.
Some of the money raised also goes directly to assist those affected by the disease in the Centre Region through the Bob Perks Fund (BPF). CVC-Penn State has donated more than $220,000 to the fund, including a donation of $38,000 in December, the fifth-straight year the organization has presented an annual grant in excess of $35,000 to the local charity that provides direct assistance to individuals and families affected by cancer in Centre, Blair, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties.
To get involved in any of Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer's events or become a sponsor or volunteer please visit www.CVCPENNSTATE.org or call 814-330-3337.
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