Coaches vs. Cancer has been uniting college basketball coaches and fans nationwide in the battle to cure cancer for more than 25 years.
This year, 102 college basketball coaches, personalities, and even a few celebrities are getting involved with the Member for a Day Coaches vs. Cancer Auction presented by MGM Resorts, a charity golf auction involving exclusive MGM Resort packages and rounds at some of the best golf courses the United States has to offer.
One of those involved is Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, who has two items available: A round with Lon Kruger at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the No. 11-ranked course in Golfweek’s Top 200 Modern) + MGM Package, and a round with Lon Kruger at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ranked No. 36 in Golfweek’s Top 200 Classic.
“We see this being hugely successful in year one, but imagining where it can go in year two and year three is really exciting,” said Kruger, who was the head coach at UNLV for seven years prior to going to the Sooners. He is the founder and chairman of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic, which has raised more $3.5 million over the last 11 years. “People like contributing to the fight against cancer. Everyone’s been touched by cancer. It’s a good team effort.
“It’s always important to donate, but especially now with the pandemic. Whether it be the American Cancer Society, or heart association, or any of the really significant causes, they’re struggling. This auction event came about because the ACS needs more funds because cancer keeps attacking and we need to generate addition funds especially at this time.”
Here are some of the other high-profile rounds up for auction:
Roy Williams at Pinehurst No. 2 or Biltmore Forest
Bobby Hurley at Country Club at DC Ranch
Rick Pitino at Winged Foot
Ken Griffey Jr. at Michael Jordan’s Grove XXIII
Jim Boeheim at Onondaga Country Club
Bruce Pearl at Willow Point
Bob Stoops at Jimmie Austin Golf Club
Pat Perez at Shadow Creek + MGM package
Jim Calhoun at Point Judith Country Club
Bill Raftery at Baltusrol Golf Course
Jay Bilas at Charlotte Country Club
Tim Miles and Larry the Cable Guy at ArborLinks Golf Club
According to Eric Sedransk, founder of Member for a Day, a nonprofit fundraising platform focused on once in a lifetime rounds of golf, more than $80,000 was raised for cancer research in the first 24 hours. Six months ago, Sedransk launched his first charity golf auction in support of hospital frontline workers affected by COVID-19.