Fourth Annual Dribble For The Cure at UCLA Sets Record Numbers

Nov. 2, 2011

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The fourth annual Dribble For The Cure was held on the UCLA campus on Sunday, Oct. 30, setting record numbers for participation and donations to help find a cure for children's cancer.

The event totaled approximately 900 participants with a net revenue of over $115,000 as Ben Howland's UCLA men's basketball team, Cori Close's Bruin women's basketball squad and the UCLA Athletic Department once again joined forces with Bruin basketball great John Vallely, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and the Cancer Research Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for the fund-raising event.

Dribble For The Cure has grown every year with a four-event total of nearly 3,000 participants contributing over $376,000 in the fight against children's cancer. Included in this year's participant total were a record pre-registered 500 Dribblers.

Starting at Drake Stadium and finishing at Collins Court in the Wooden Center, the participants dribbled a basketball around a 1.2 mile course across the Bruin campus. At the conclusion of the event, participants were given a unique opportunity to meet and pose for photographs with and obtain autographs from the 2011-12 UCLA women's and men's basketball teams.

"It is overwhelming to see this enormous show of support for finding new cures for children with cancer," said Dr. Theodore B. Moore, Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. "So many I spoke with were touched by cancer in a family member, friend or even themselves. This just goes to show what can happen when a group of people selflessly work together and accomplish great things as a team."

Nancy Franks, Executive Director of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, has been involved with UCLA's Dribble For The Cure since its inception in 2008. "It's been so amazing and rewarding to see the growth of this event each year," Franks said. "Seeing the interaction between the student-athletes, their fans and children fighting to overcome pediatric cancer has proven to be a formidable force in raising funds for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. We are so grateful for the continuing support of the UCLA Athletic Department and the Bruin women's and men's basketball teams and staff."

Howland has also been involved with the Dribble event since 2008. "I can remember when John Vallely came to me and presented the idea and asked if our team would be involved, and I immediately responded, `We're in,' " Howland said. "This event has a special place in our family's heart because my daughter Meredith is a registered nurse (RN) at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in pediatric oncology."

"Our teams and staff have been involved in this event for four years, and every year it's grown considerably in terms of participants and donations," Howland continued. "Last Sunday was the biggest and best of all the Dribble events as we continue in our efforts to cure pediatric cancer."

For first-year head coach Close, this was her first Dribble For The Cure event. "When I arrived at UCLA last April and was told about Dribble For The Cure, I was thinking what a great event this is for our team to be involved in. After our team's participation last Sunday, I now know what a great event it is and for such a wonderful cause, conquering children's cancer. All of us here in UCLA Athletics want to thank all the participants for their involvement and record donations. "

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 men's basketball teams and a 2006 inductee into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, Vallely is a two-time stem cell transplant cancer survivor and a 20-year member of the PCRF Board of Directors. In 1991, John and Karen Vallely lost their daughter Erin to cancer at age 12.

"I am very pleased with the progress of Dribble For The Cure, especially in this difficult economic environment," said Vallely. "Everyone who has attended this event the last four years has truly enjoyed their experience. The UCLA women's and men's basketball teams, along with other Bruin women and men student-athletes who also volunteer, continue to reach out to the community to make a difference in the lives of others.

"Many more individuals and businesses are supporting this event. On Sunday we had Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisees and BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse join us as major sponsors. The UCLA Band, cheerleaders and even the KFC Colonel were there, too. I'm thrilled that this was our best year ever for Dribble For The Cure. Thanks to coaches Howland and Close, the entire UCLA staff and all our volunteers as we move closer than ever to eliminating children's cancer."

Team (a minimum of 10) and Individual participants collected pledges for their `Dribble' to become eligible for prizes based on pledge amounts. Each participant also received an official Dribble For The Cure t-shirt and goodie bag. Below is a list of the top team and individual fundraisers.

Top Individual Fundraising Team
Team Jackson ($13,421)

Top Individual Fundraiser
Wayne Kamemoto ($12,005)

Top Corporate Fundraising Team
Code Orange, Hematology/Oncology Nurses from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA ($7,180)

Top School Fundraising Team
Calabasas Kids For The Cure ($6,020)

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX