The Coaches vs. Cancer Basket “Ball”

2024 date & honorees to be announced soon!

The Coaches vs. Cancer initiative unites coaches nationwide with the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives from cancer.

Since its inception in the Capital Region, The Coaches vs. Cancer Basket “Ball” hosted by the Coaches and wives of the Men’s Basketball Programs at Siena College & The University at Albany, has raised over $2.8 million to help fight cancer!

Join hundreds of sports enthusiasts, business, and philanthropic leaders for an “upscale pep rally” themed night complete with cocktail hour, dinner by Mazzone Hospitality, open bar, silent auction & an awards ceremony featuring multiple celebrity sports guests!

Additional Information

Sponsorships on sale now, ticket sales will be open soon!

Celebrating our 2024 Honorees!

2024 Inspiration Award: TBA

2024 Champion of Hope: TBA

2024 Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award: TBA

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Lead Investors

Finish The Fight

Trinity Building & Construction

Cancer Crusader

Jones Hacker LLP

Mission Ambassador

Pioneer Bank
Reimer Home Services

Community Partners

Event Details

September 1 — 30, 2024
Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, NY
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For Sponsors

Email us today to learn about 2024 event sponsorships. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event by clicking the links below.

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Our Hall of Fame

Those we have honored in the past at the Capital Region Coaches vs. Cancer event.

2023 Casey O’Connor, Steve Dagostino, Ed Cooley (Georgetown University)

2022 Anthony Marino, Evan Franz,  Joe Carista, Gerry McNamara (Syracuse University)

2021 Jim Hart, Jenna Meier & Jon Scheyer (Duke University)

2020 Colin Clive, Coach Ali Jaques & Coach Marc Rybczyk

2019 Patrick McCaffery, Joseph Girard III & Jeff Jones (Old Dominion)

2018 Clarkie Carrol, Daniel StClair & Mike Hopkins (University of Washington)

2017 Mary Ann Donnelly, Doug McClaine & Mike Brey (University of Notre Dame)

2016 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation & Tom Izzo (Michigan State University)

2015 Fran and Margaret McCaffery (University of Iowa) & Peter Hooley

2014 Jim Calhoun (UConn) & Rick Bennett

2013 George Karl (Denver Nuggets) & Don Bassett

2012 Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston) & Bob Curley, John Murray and Ken Raymond

2011 Steve Lavin (St. John’s University) & The Teeing Off On Cancer Committee

2010 Brian Fruscio (Albany Academies) & Matt and Jacob Shell

2009 Jamie Dixon (University of Pittsburgh) & Brendan Finneran

2008 Gary Williams (University of Maryland) & Joe Watroba

2007 Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s University)

2006 Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University)

Join the Coaches vs. Cancer Youth Initiative

The Coaches vs. Cancer School and Youth Initiative is a program designed to encourage student-athletes, coaches, fans, parents, athletic directors and local communities to become involved and make an impact in the fight against cancer.

From basketball courts to lacrosse fields and from football fields to running tracks – any COACH, TEAM, REFEREE, COMMUNITY MEMBER and BUSINESS can be a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program!

Support our Youth & Collegiate CVC campaigns HERE


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2022 ACS Coaches vs. Cancer Highlight Thank you all for coming out to support our 2022 honorees and making it a fun and inspirational night we are so grateful for.