LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The fifth annual Dribble for the Cure fundraiser, which helps support the treatment of children with cancer at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, will be held at UCLA Sunday.
Participants will dribble a basketball over a 1.2-mile course through the campus. Individual participants and teams of at least 10 members will be asked to collect pledges.
Prizes will be awarded based on pledge amounts turned in by Sunday. All participants will receive an official “Dribble for the Cure” T-shirt and goodie bag.
Registration is set for 8:30 a.m. at Drake Stadium, where activity booths and entertainment will highlight a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. The dribble will begin at 10:15 a.m.
Finish line festivities will take place on Collins Court at the John Wooden Center at 11:15 a.m. where participants will have the opportunity to get autographs and have their pictures taken with UCLA men’s and women’s basketball players and members of other Bruin teams.
This year’s event will honor Ken Heitz, a member of UCLA basketball teams that won three consecutive NCAA championships in the late 1960s. Heitz, who died July 9 from cancer at the age of 65, was among the 14 players who lettered on three of coach John Wooden’s NCAA championship teams.
Nearly 900 people participated in last year’s event and more than $115,000 was raised. More than $376,000 has been raised in the event’s four years, organizers said.
“Dribble for the Cure will always have a special place in our family’s heart because my daughter Meredith is a registered nurse at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in pediatric oncology,” Bruin men’s basketball coach Ben Howland said.
More information and registration forms are available at dribbleforthecure.com or by calling (800) 354-7273.
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