Fans Celebrate Fourth Annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge
May 14, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hundreds gathered at Memorial Stadium for the fourth annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge on Saturday morning. 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.
Participants had the option to cycle (25K, 50K or 100K), run (5K) or walk (2K). All donations will help support the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis and the Hoosier Oncology Group.
Prior to the walk, IU head football coach Kevin Wilson, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and former Hoosier great James Hardy, head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack and Terry's widow Jane Hoeppner addressed the crowd. IU assistant athletic director for broadcast services Jeremy Gray served as the master of ceremonies.
"This is such a great event for a great cause," Wilson said. "Terry was a big part of my life and a great friend. I've been very lucky to reconnect with Jane since I've arrived in Bloomington and will do anything I can to help her and the Hoeppner family."
As a token of appreciation, a pair of red shoelaces and a t-shirt were given away to all participants showing that everyone is tied to the fight against cancer.
Current IU football players volunteered at the event and joined in the festivities. Following the run and walk, everyone enjoyed snacks and an awards ceremony.
The inaugural Challenge event in 2008 raised $6,000 for Bloomington Hospital's Olcott Center for Cancer Education and established an endowment at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
Check back soon