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Dribble for Victory Over Cancer Returns Oct. 9

Aug 26, 2022
David Singleton with dribblers in 2019 (Photo: Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's and women's basketball teams are set to continue their annual fight to end childhood cancer when Dribble for Victory Over Cancer marks its 15th year on the UCLA campus Sunday, Oct. 9.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the event, which is a collaborative effort between UCLA Athletics, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the V Foundation for Cancer Research. SEIA returns as the top sponsor.

Fundraising efforts from Dribble for Victory Over Cancer at UCLA exclusively benefits PCRF and the lifesaving research at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital through the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer at the V Foundation.

"It has been our dream at PCRF to expand this program to universities across the country to support pediatric cancer research. For 40 years we have been proudly funding research at top institutions much like UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital," said Jeri Wilson, Executive Director of PCRF. "Our new partnership with the V Foundation is a perfect match. They are also clearly vested in pediatrics through the amazing Dick Vitale and his love of children. Partnering with a first-class organization such as the V Foundation will only enhance the great work we're both doing."

The Dribble again begins at Drake Stadium before taking participants along Bruin Walk en route to Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Opportunities to interact with UCLA basketball student-athletes and coaches will be available throughout the morning, capped by an autograph session during the Closing Ceremony.

A virtual option is again offered to those unable to join the festivities on campus. The hybrid format, which utilizes the new-and-improved PCRF Kids mobile app for off-site dribblers, helped see eight states represented in 2021, as well as more than $100,000 raised for the 11th consecutive year.

The registration fee is $25 for adults who wish to take part in person, while children can sign up for $20. The costs of $30 and $25 for virtual participants include shipping of event t-shirts and materials.

Fundraising prizes include: an event basketball at the $150 level; a UCLA Nike hat at $250; four tickets to a UCLA men's basketball game and four tickets to a UCLA women's basketball game (restrictions apply) at $500; and a Nike basketball autographed by UCLA basketball student-athletes and coaches at $1,500. Team prizes are made up of custom team shirts at $1,500, a custom team basketball banner at $2,000 and a venue team teardrop banner at $2,500.

More than $2 million has been raised by Dribble events since John Vallely brought Dribble for the Cure to his alma mater in 2008. A standout guard on two of John Wooden's NCAA championship-winning men's basketball teams and 2006 UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Vallely and his wife, Karen, lost their 12-year-old daughter, Erin, to pediatric cancer in 1991.

"Everyone involved in UCLA's Dribble for Victory Over Cancer has continued this family fun event with our intense effort to erase cancer from children's lives," said Vallely. "Your participation means everything to us."

St. John's brought Dribble to the East Coast in 2008 and embarks on its 12th installment Sept. 24. The addition of the V Foundation to the partnership in 2021 has allowed for further expansion of Dribble for Victory Over Cancer. The University of North Carolina has signed on, with its initial event scheduled for Aug. 28. Duke and NC State, meanwhile, recently joined the cause and will bring their first Dribbles to Durham, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C., respectively, on dates to be determined.

8:30 a.m. – Registration and festival open
10 a.m. – Welcome ceremony
10:15 a.m. – Dribble for Victory Over Cancer begins
11 a.m. – Finish-line festivities and awards at Pauley Pavilion