Third Annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge A Huge Success
May 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The weather cooperated and the third annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge cycle-run-walk event was a huge success on Saturday. The event is held each year in honor of late Indiana University head football coach Terry Hoeppner, who died on June 19, 2007, after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.
The day kicked off with 50K and 100K cycling events and a 25K family cycling event. Participants could also choose a 5K run or 2K family walk. The events started outside the North End Zone Student Athlete Development Center at Memorial Stadium.
Prior to the 5K run and 2K family walk, head football coach Bill Lynch, head men's basketball coach Tom Crean, head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Jane Hoeppner addressed the crowd. Jeremy Gray, the Voice of the IU Women's Basketball, served as the master of ceremonies.
Former IU football standouts, and current NFL stars, Tracy Porter and James Hardy were in attendance signing autographs and spoke to the crowd. Also in attendance were former IU players Austin Starr and Brandon Mosley as well as current members of the IU football and volleyball teams. IU senior football players Ben Chappell and Jeff Sanders participated in the 5K run.
Hoeppner, Hardy and Porter led the family walk, while Hoosiers, coaches and their families joined the group. Following the run and walk, participants enjoyed music, a barbecue and an awards ceremony.
The Challenge motto was "Don't Quit. Join the Fight." As a token of appreciation, a pair of red shoelaces were be given away to all participants showing that everyone is tied to the fight against cancer.
Current IU football players volunteered at the event and athletics staff and student-athletes from across the department also participated in the festivities.
The inaugural Challenge event in 2008 raised $6,000 for Bloomington Hospital's Olcott Center for Cancer Education and establishing an endowment at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
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