Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 9, 2014

Knoxville Coaches vs. Cancer 2014 taking shape

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — Knoxville’s Coaches vs. Cancer event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the high school.

The annual event has raised $133,793 for the American Cancer Society over the past five years. In 2013, Knoxville raised $50,741, which made it the top event of its kind, based at a high school, in the United States of America. 

This year’s event promises to be an all-day spectacle. Every year, one of the fund raisers is an alumni basketball game. 

Knoxville Girls’ Basketball Coach Jim Uitermarkt, who has put in countless hours with wife Angie to organize each Coaches vs. Cancer event, reports that there will be more alumni games this year. There will be three women’s games (two 6-on-6 games and one 5-on-5) and there may be at least five men’s alumni games. 

Also returning this year will be the honor wall, in which people can recognize loved ones who have been afflicted with cancer. The silent auction will also be back this year. Nearly 200 items have already been donated to this cause. (See the attached list of items as of Thursday morning, Jan. 9.)

Cash donations have already reached $3,000. Uitermarkt said he would prefer to have the cash donations in by Jan. 18, though they will continue to be accepted leading up to, during and after the event. 

T-shirt order forms are available in every school office, as well as the Journal-Express office. The deadline to place your order is Monday, Jan. 13, but Uitermarkt said there may be some flexibility, as school is not in session on Monday. 

Look for much more on Coaches vs. Cancer in the Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 editions. We will also cover the events on Jan. 25 and have a full report in the Jan. 31 edition.