Dribble For The Cure II A Huge Success

Nov. 6, 2009


LOS ANGELES - On Sunday, Nov. 1, head coach Ben Howland's UCLA men's basketball team, head coach Nikki Caldwell's Bruin women's basketball squad and the UCLA Athletic Department joined forces with Bruin basketball great John Vallely, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for the second annual "Dribble For The Cure II."

The event, which took place at historic Pauley Pavilion, featured over 630 registered participants joining members of the Bruin women and men's basketball teams on a 1.2 mile "Dribble For The Cure" course around the UCLA campus. Participants were also given a unique opportunity to meet and pose for photos and obtain autographs from the 2009-10 UCLA Bruin women and men's basketball teams and coaching staffs.

The event raised approximately $85,000, with proceeds benefiting PCRF and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Money raised and participant numbers were an increase from last year's totals of 400 participants and $72,000 donated.

"Nikki and I want to thank everyone who participated and donated money in our continuing effort to finding a cure for children's cancer," Howland said. "Last year, during our closing ceremonies in Pauley Pavilion, all those involved filled the floor level bleachers on the west end. On Sunday, we filled the floor level bleachers on the north side of Pauley and I knew right away we had more participants and had raised more money than a year ago. It was a great experience for our teams and for those who `Dribbled For The Cure.' Thanks again to everyone who participated."

For many years, Vallely and his family have been on the front line in the battle against cancer. A starting guard on John Wooden's UCLA 1969 and 1970 NCAA Championship teams, Vallely is a cancer-survivor and the Director of Scientific Affairs for PCRF. In 1991, John and Karen Vallely lost their daughter Erin to cancer at the age of 12.

The top 2009 "Dribble For The Cure" fundraisers were recognized during closing ceremonies in Pauley Pavilion: Top Individual Fundraiser - Guru Parkash ($6,275); Top Corporate Team - Team Rockit ($971); Top Individual Team - Team Johnny Ricksen ($13,101); Top School Fundraising Team - Guru Simran #8 ($9,226) and Top UCLA Student Organization Fundraising Team - Sigma Chi ($1,475).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Cal State Los ...
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Friday, Nov 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 19 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Nov 23 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
Tuesday, Nov 24 - TBA PST
vs. Kansas or Chaminade
Lahaina, HI
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
vs. Maui Jim Maui ...
Lahaina, HI
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA