Knoxville — The 2013 Knoxville Coaches vs. Cancer event raised $50,741, which makes it the top event of its kind, based at a high school, in the United States of America.
Knoxville finished second only to the Central Bucks Athletics Association, which encompasses thousands of athletes and several teams, in East Central Pennsylvania. They raised $69,927 for the American Cancer Society. The next high school in Iowa, which made the ACS top list, was Grinnell, which raised $9,880. The event which placed third, behind Knoxville, involved 28 basketball teams in a weekend showcase.
Jim Uitermarkt has been heading Knoxville's Coaches vs. Cancer event for the past five years with his wife, Angie. In that time, Knoxville has pulled together to raise $133,793 for ACS. Uitermarkt said he and Angie had considered taking a year off, but decided against it. They believe there are too many good things that come from the event, not the least of which is the donation the community makes to ACS.
The girls' basketball team, for which Uitermarkt is head coach, and whose players have worked tirelessly on each Coaches vs. Cancer event, begins practice on Nov. 11. The 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, vs. Chariton. The theme this year is "Go! Fight! Cure!"
The Uitermarkt home already has several auction items waiting for the 2014 event. More auction items will be accepted as the event continues to draw nearer.
Keep checking the Journal-Express and www.journalexpress.net for more on Coaches vs. Cancer in the months to come.