Coaches for Curing Cancer Coaching Clinic & Dinner Gala 2017
The Coaches for Curing Cancer Organization in Savannah held their 3rd Annual Football Coaches Clinic on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The day included workshops for football and basketball coaches and culminated with a dinner gala and silent auction. Some of this year’s workshop presenters included:
Tyson Summer, Georgia Southern University, Head Football Coach
Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern University, Assistant Football Coach
Hugh Nall, Auburn/Ole Miss/ GSU Offensive Line Coach
Nicholas Murray, Georgia Southern University, Director of Concussion Research
Baker Woodward, Benedictive Military School, Offensive Coordinator
Tim Adams, Jenkins High School, Head Football Coach
Erik Raeburn, Savannah State University, Head Football Coach
Russell DeMasi, Savannah States University, Quarterback’s Coach
Many local coaches supported the Coaches for Curing Cancer Organization and President, Tim Adams, by sending staff for professional development, attending the Dinner Gala, and spreading the word. Three years ago, Coach Adams, began this event to attempt to raise funds and awareness for CURE Childhood Cancer. Coach Adams was familiar with CURE because his family has been affected by pediatric cancer. Adams nephew, Penn Mobley, passed away of a brain tumor when he was a teenager.
“It was devastating,” said Tim. “If watching that doesn’t change you, nothing will. It’s so hard to see someone so young with so much potential loose a battle with cancer.”
Tim and his family decided not to just sit on the sidelines. They wanted to get in the game. “I don’t know a lot about cancer, but I do know a lot about football. And I have a lot of great coaching contacts who are good guys with good hearts. I knew they’d be willing to help. So we started brainstorming and decided to use what we did know about, football, to raise money for CURE.”
The 2017 Dinner Gala was held at The Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Savannah. Many of the coaches and their wives attended. Musical guest, Erin Alvey, entertained the crowd. Erin has headlined for groups like Florida-Georgia line. She cancer survivor JD Fulcher, in October at The Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital in Savannah. When Erin was asked to perform at the 2017 Coaches for Curing Cancer Dinner Gala benefiting CURE, she decided to invite JD to come as her guest. JD and his parents arrived with Erin via limousine for the event.
Guests enjoyed music by Erin, dinner, Sports Trivia with WJCL Sports Director, Frank Sulkowski, and a silent auction filled with great sports items while they learned more about CURE Childhood Cancer from Savannah’s Patient Family Services Manager, Mandy Garola, and cancer mom, Utesa Chisholm. Retired Canadian League Quarterback, Tracy Ham, shared his family’s personal cancer experience as keynote speaker for the evening.
We’re grateful to Coaches for Curing Cancer for supporting CURE for the third year in a row. These events in addition to their first annual 5K this year, raised $12,000 for CURE. Thanks for getting in the game, guys.