ABOUT

First envisioned in 2004 by Dave Karnes and Steve and Amy Lindsay, Kicks for a Cure was launched in April 2006. Our theme is Two Teams, One Goal…Beating Cancer. The primary purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness and funding for cancer education and prevention, but also to showcase Omaha as a compassionate, vibrant community where student-athletes and community leaders alike contribute to the cause. Since that first year, more than $2 million has been raised benefiting local cancer research.

Funds are raised through sponsorships, donations, and sale of banquet tickets. Grants from funds raised are awarded each year by Kicks for a Cure, Inc., to support cancer research initiatives at two local, world-renowned facilities, Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton. Grants are made primarily to focus on genetic cancer research. Additionally, the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship for Creighton Women’s Soccer has been awarded since 2008 and is now an endowed scholarship.

Teams participating in Kicks for a Cure have included Division I soccer teams UNO, Nebraska, Marquette, Notre Dame, Yale, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa State, Virginia, Saint Louis, Denver, Drake and host Creighton, as well as Division II teams Rockhurst, South Dakota and Truman State. Local girls’ high school teams have also participated including Westside, Marian, Millard North, Millard West, Millard South, Lincoln Southwest, Elkhorn, Gretna, Skutt, Duchesne and Burke. Since 2012, local boys’ high school teams have participated and include Creighton Prep, Westside, Bellevue East, Elkhorn, Grand Island and Lincoln Lutheran.

Each team plays one game Saturday at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium or University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Caniglia Field. Other activities include a soccer skills clinic for underprivileged youth conducted by participating teams, and autograph sessions following collegiate games. A Kick-OFF Party on Friday night starts off the weekend in a casual, fun, and festive atmosphere.

THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS AND SPONSORS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BECOMING PART OF THE KICKS FOR A CURE FAMILY

FRIENDS OF KICKS FOR A CURE GROUP

HISTORY

Kicks for a Cure (KFAC) has raised over $3.2 million dollars in the first ten years for cancer research.  First envisioned in 2004 by Dave Karnes and Steve and Amy Lindsay, Kicks for a Cure was launched in April 2006. The primary purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness for cancer education and prevention. It is also an opportunity to showcase Omaha as a compassionate, vibrant community where health care, education, commerce and recreation intertwine.  Funds are raised through sponsorships, donations, and sale of banquet tickets. Grants from funds raised are awarded each year by Kicks for a Cure, Inc., to support cancer research initiatives at two local, world-renowned facilities, Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University. The research primarily targets hereditary cancer, but is more global in its impact. Additionally, the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship for Creighton and UNO Women’s Soccer has been awarded annually and is now an endowed scholarship.

KICKS FOR A CURE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Rod Kestel, President

Teri Mercer, Vice President

Jen Bartelt, Friends Group President

Brenda Christensen, Executive Director

Kevin Quinn, Treasurer

Natalie Simmonds, Secretary

Ashley Horgan

Brian Leiferman

Chad Jessen

David Karnes

Jeff Hoffman

Kate Betsworth

Kristen Lewis

Keith Clark

Stephen Lindsay

Tom Worthington

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