Kicks for a Cure
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 (18th & California Streets), which has a seating capacity of over 7,000. Other activities include a soccer skills clinic for underprivileged youth conducted by participating teams, and autograph sessions following collegiate games. A benefit banquet Friday night kicks off the weekend. Approximately 500 people each year make a dinner event a unique experience where attendees interact with participating players in a family friendly environment.
Your support of Kicks for a Cure is an investment in our people and our community.
Kicks for a Cure, Inc. is a Nebraska not-for-profit corporation and holds IRS exemption as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Thanks to all participating teams and sponsors for your support and becoming part of the Kicks for a Cure family