Sideline Cancer TBT

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is a 5-on-5, winner take all tournament with a grand prize of $1+ million.

Sideline Cancer TBT Update

How local ‘Sideline Cancer’ team led to American basketball player’s escape from Ukraine

by Nicole Fuschino


BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) — The Hollidaysburg-based Sideline Cancer basketball team has donated over $300,000 to pancreatic cancer research, given over $10,000 to patients directly, and were The Basketball Tournament runners up in 2020.

The latest thing they’re adding to their resume — doesn’t have to do with basketball or cancer — it’s helping to save someone from a war-torn country.

Here’s how it happened…

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About Sideline Cancer TBT

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the world’s deadliest cancers with a 5 year survival rate of 9%. Sideline Cancer plays for those who are fighting pancreatic cancer currently, those who are no longer with us, and their families. Our mission is to take Pancreatic Cancer “Off the Sideline and to the Finish Line for a Cure!”

Sideline Cancer is a member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and spreads awareness for victims like Alex Trebek, John Lewis, Greg Griffith, and families of the 56,770 people in the United States who are projected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.

As Greg once said, “The time for a cure is NOW!” The TBT has allowed for the Griffith Family Foundation to reach a larger community to provide hope to all that one day there will be a cure for pancreatic cancer.

The Sideline Cancer team has been a participant in the TBT since its inaugural debut in 2014. For the last 7 years, Sideline Cancer has brought a unique platform and story to the TBT by raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.  Sideline Cancer is the ONLY team to have participated in all 8 TBT’s, posting a record of 13-8, making 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four and Championship Game appearance.

In TBT 2020, Sideline Cancer was excited to return as 1 of 24 teams for another run in the “Quarantined” TBT on Saturday July 4th-14th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament was broadcast on ESPN. It was the first professional tournament of any top four sport to be played after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspended those activities. Promoting an “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit” Sideline Cancer propelled itself to the Championship Game capturing the hearts of many new fans in the process!

In 2021, Sideline Cancer advanced to the quarterfinals, but was defeated by Team 23, the runner-up of TBT 2015. While trailing 38-29 going into the half, Sideline Cancer had a thrilling second half with the teams exchanging the lead for most of the half. The team came up just short of moving onto the semifinals.

This July 2022, SidelineCancerTBT seeks to finally bring home the $1M grand prize! This year’s roster is headlined by Elam Ending legend Marcus Keene, Mo Creek, Mike Daum, and NBA vet CJ Miles. SidelineCancerTBT will be playing Monday Night July 18th at 3pm at the Cintas Center against Defeat Diabetes.

If you have an “I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit” and want to root for a team playing for something “Bigger Than Basketball,” then Sideline Cancer is the team for you!

To learn more about the Sideline Cancer Basketball Team follow us on: Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook 

To learn more about the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition: www.worldpancreaticcancercoalition.org/

To learn more about the TBT visit: www.thetournament.com

To learn more about the Sideline Cancer Basketball Team visit: www.thetournament.com/teams/sideline-cancer

Media Contacts: Billy Clapper (814) 251- 3383
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Sierra Cobler (814) 505-2676
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Sideline Cancer TBT 2022 Team Roster

We are very blessed to have such remarkable players making such a remarkable effort to raise awareness on behalf of Sideline Cancer®.

Albert-Varacallo

Alma Mater: Gannon University | Washington & Jefferson College

Height: 6’ 5”

Position: Shooting Guard

Twitter Handle: @AlbertVaracallo

Highest Level Played: Semi Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Steel City Yellow Jackets (ABA) | DuBois Dream (PBL)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

CJ-Miles

Height: 6’ 6”

Position: Small Forward

Twitter Handle: @masfresco

Highest Level Played: NBA

Highest Level Team Name: G-League Ignite

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

Diante-Garrett

Height: 6’ 4”

Position: Point Guard

Twitter Handle: @kingarrett10

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Ironi Nes Ziona (Israel)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

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Alma Mater: University of the Pacific

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Center

Twitter Handle: @E_Thompson12

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Voluntari (Romania)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

jamal-a

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Alma Mater: Pittsburgh

Height: 6’ 7”

Position: Small Forward

Twitter Handle: @melartis1

Highest Level Played: NBA

Highest Level Team Name: Orlando Magic

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2018

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Alma Mater: Youngstown State & Central Michigan

Height: 5’ 9”

Position: Point Guard

Twitter Handle: @Marcus3Keene

Highest Level Played: NBA G-League

Highest Level Team Name: Varese (Italy)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

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Alma Mater: Indiana & George Washington

Height: 6’ 5”

Position: Shooting Guard

Twitter Handle: @Mo_Creek

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Medora Timberjacks (TBL)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

Mike-Daum_

Alma Mater: South Dakota State

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Power Forward

Twitter Handle: @dauminator24

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Derthona Basket (Italy)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

Nick-McGlynn

Alma Mater: Drake

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Power Forward

Twitter Handle: @nickmcglynn35

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Indiana University | Xavier University

Height: 6’ 4”

Position: Shooting Guard

Twitter Handle: @23abell

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Spars Realway (Bosnia)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

Bogues

Alma Mater: Stephen F. Austin

Height: 6’ 2”

Position: Guard

Twitter Handle: @Yhannon_Bogues

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Apollon (Cyprus)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

tony-crocker

Alma Mater: Oklahoma

Height: 6’ 6”

Position: Shooting Guard

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Levallois (France)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2022

billy-c

Alma Mater: Youngstown State

Location: Bradenton, Florida

Position: GM

Twitter Handle: @BillyClapper

Bio: Billy Clapper returns for his 8th season with Sideline Cancer as General Manager. He is a basketball coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and a ten year veteran of the college coaching ranks with stops at Penn State Altoona, Pitt Johnstown, and Indiana State. The former Youngstown State Penguins player will team up with professional basketball players to play in honor of “The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation” which is one of the leaders nationally in raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer research. The GFF embraces the phrase “Sideline Cancer” to inspire hope to find a cure! Believe Always!

charlie-p

Alma Mater: Millersville University

Location: Dover, Pennsylvania

Bio: Division 2 All American 2008 NBA D-League 2008-2009 Professional in Iceland (Keflavik) 2011-12 Professional in Denmark (Bakken) 2012-13.

Parker will be back for another season as the Head Coach of Sideline Cancer after leading them to an incredible run to the TBT championship game two years ago. The Millersville University Hall of Famer and former overseas professional is the CEO of Crunch Time Hoops and trains players all across Pennsylvania.

jordan-g

Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University

Bio: I am participating in “The Basketball Tournament” to promote Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, which will be the 2nd leading cause of death by cancer by 2022. Together WE CAN Sideline Cancer!!

You can support pancreatic cancer research and advocacy
by purchasing Sideline Cancer® merchandise!

16000 T-Shirts Sold from 2012 – 2022

Proceeds go to fund research, awareness, and advocacy to take pancreatic cancer off the sideline and to the finish line for a cure!

Note: Due to supply chain issues, we have had to alter how we produce and distribute our t-shirts. Our Sideline Cancer t-shirts are still available, however orders may be delayed 6 – 8 weeks for processing and delivery.

You can also support us by making an online donation!


If you have a donation you would like to mail to us,
please make your check payable to

“Sideline Cancer”
and mail it to:
The Griffith Family Foundation
P.O. Box 28
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

If you’re experiencing any difficulty with this donation form, please call Cathy Griffith at (814) 937-1082.

The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania. Click on the GuideStar logo to learn more about our Platinum rating.

About The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation

Through events like the TBT and campaigns like the Sideline Cancer® initiative, the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation has been able to raise and donate more than $300,000 to support pancreatic cancer patients and research.

A Big Shout-out to Our Sideline Cancer TBT Superfans!

Purple Fever Hoops is a highly competitive basketball organization that was established in 2019 as a 501(c)3 non-profit. This basketball organization serves girls and boys in the West-Central area of Pennsylvania. In 2021, they plan on becoming a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

They are also teaching our young men and women about the value of community service. Through their partnership with the Griffith Family Foundation/Sideline Cancer, the teams’ members will be given the opportunity to work on community service projects with the rest of the foundation’s members.

To learn more about Sideline Cancer’s history, events, tournaments, and activities…