American Brain Tumor Association Partners with Expanding Hockey Fundraising Tournaments

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Dropping the Puck on Cancer to be held in five universities in 2016

January 14, 2016

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Dropping the Puck on Cancer expands its fundraising efforts for the ABTA.

Studies show that young adults, age 16 to 24 now account for nearly 45 percent of volunteers in the United States, resulting in positive long-term effects later in life, including improved self-esteem and professional skills or increased engagement in their communities on critical causes.(1)(2)   With this in mind, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is pleased to expand its partnership with Dropping the Puck on Cancer hockey fundraising tournaments to be held at five universities in 2016.

“We’re thrilled to partner with fraternities and sororities who are passionate about raising awareness of brain tumors and wish to fundraise for critical brain tumor research and support programs,” said Chris K. Swope Cholewa, chief advancement officer, American Brain Tumor Association. “Together with Dropping the Puck on Cancer, the ABTA is pleased to work with students who may ultimately engage in philanthropic activities far into the future.”  

Dropping the Puck on Cancer, organized by Collegiate Charities, LLC, is a charitable event that began at Indiana University, and was created to honor fraternity member Andrew Esstman (‘13), who lost his mother from a brain tumor in 2007. Dropping the Puck on Cancer is a major partner in the ABTA’s Breakthrough Your Way event planning program since 2013. Dropping the Puck on Cancer has raised more than $100,000 for brain tumor research and educational and support programs for patients, caregivers and families.  

“Brain tumors is such an important cause for our fraternity and sorority members that we turned to an organization that would benefit the most from our efforts,” said Attorney Carl Lamb and president, Collegiate Charities, LLC. “The American Brain Tumor Association has been with us since almost day 1, and we’re pleased that our expanded national fundraising program will be supporting brain tumor research and programs for brain tumor patients, caregivers and families.”

Dropping the Puck on Cancer hockey tournaments are available at five universities in 2016: 

January 16              Dropping the Puck-Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.  

February 6              Dropping the Puck-University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. 

February 20             Dropping the Puck-DePaul University, Chicago, Ill. 

February 26-27 &     Dropping the Puck-Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

March 3-4  

TBD                        Dropping the Puck-University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.

For more information about Dropping the Puck on Cancer events and how to purchase a ticket, contact Carl Lamb at 812-322-1016 or


Breakthrough Your Way, the ABTA’s event planning program, provides individuals, groups and organizations across the country an opportunity to host fundraising event tailored to their interests and passions, while taking advantage of the resources and information available on the Breakthrough Your Way online portal at Events may include hosting athletic events, dinners/galas, tribute/memorial, birthday celebrations and any number of personalized fundraising events. 

To plan your own event with the American Brain Tumor Association, visit or contact 773-577-8750.


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information and education on all tumor types for all ages. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Current Population Survey (CPS), Volunteering in the United Status – 2014.” Accessed at on 1/7/2015.

 2. [1] Peggy O. Shields (2009) Young Adult Volunteers: Recruitment Appeals and Other Marketing Considerations. Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing. 21:2, 139-159,DOI: 10.1080/10495140802528658. Access at on 1/7/2015