Cancer affects everyone and poses a threat we all want to combat. Since 2009, the National Football League and American Cancer Society have raised more than $18 million in support of the fight against breast cancer through the A Crucial Catch campaign.

In order to make an even bigger impact, this October the NFL and the American Cancer Society will evolve the Crucial Catch platform to support multiple cancers and advance the fight against this devastating disease. The expanded campaign will help increase cancer prevention and survivorship rates by directing awareness-raising, fundraising, and community efforts towards education and risk reduction for various forms of cancer.

We want YOU to join us, our clubs, and our players in support of Crucial Catch this season. We are asking youth and high school football coaches across the country to join NFL coaches in this fight against cancer. Taking part in Crucial Catch is fun and teaches youth athletes valuable charitable and leadership lessons.

With these simple steps, you can start making an impact:

Step 1: Register to participate and download the Crucial Catch Youth and High School Toolkit. Here you will find specific information on how you, your team, and your fans can participate and raise funds in support of the American Cancer Society’s work in every community touched by cancer. This includes support for those who are currently dealing with a cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

Step 2: Designate a home date as Crucial Catch Game Day, and recruit others in your school to get involved. Select any date during the month of October or throughout the season.

Step 3: Develop your game plan and raise funds to beat cancer! Your American Cancer Society staff partner will provide tips and resources to help make your game a success. Call 1-800-227-2345 to get connected.

Step 4: After your game, turn in all donations and the post-event reporting form to the American Cancer Society. Incentives for reaching certain fundraising levels include a certificate of appreciation from the NFL and an official NFL Crucial Catch football.

As a leader in your community, we encourage you to strive to recruit your friends, players, parents, and fans to join our team and continue to support Crucial Catch this season.

Learn more about Crucial Catch and engage your community in the fight against cancer by signing up here

Thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society in our efforts to save more lives and beat cancer.


Coach Ron Rivera
Head Coach, Carolina Panthers