About A Crucial Catch

The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association, and the American Cancer Society are committed to saving lives from breast cancer and addressing the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities.

Our campaign, "A Crucial Catch," in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of regular breast cancer screenings. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches, and referees wearing pink game apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding -- all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. Much of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins, will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society's Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program.

Since 2012, CHANGE grants have been awarded to community partners to provide education, outreach, navigation and access to cancer screening within communities experiencing an unequal burden of cancer. These community partners have provided more than 260,000 outreach and education engagements and have contributed to more than 120,000 breast cancer screenings provided at low or no cost. This life-changing work continues in 2016 with the goal of providing breast cancer education and screening resources to even more women. Prevention and early detection programs such as the CHANGE grant program bring us closer to the vision of a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer.

A Crucial Catch Day

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 grant-funded community health system partners are teaming up with the American Cancer Society and the NFL to launch their third nationwide breast cancer event -- A Crucial Catch Day -- to provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings within underserved communities.

About Grant Recipient Communities and Their Events

The following grant-funded communities will provide outreach, education, and breast cancer screenings on Tuesday, October 25: Asbury Park, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Aurora, IL; Baltimore, MD; Casa Grande, AZ; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Dunkirk, NY; Englewood, CO; Fremont, CA; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Olathe, KS; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Ossining, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Renton, WA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; St. Paul, MN; Spartanburg; SC; Taylor, MI; Washington, DC; and Worthington, MA.

Once again, in 2016, youth and high school teams around the country will support A Crucial Catch with fundraising events at and around their games.

Here are the 2016 Top Fundraising High Schools for A Crucial Catch


Overview of the NFL's Fundraising Efforts for the American Cancer Society

Since 2009, the first year of the NFL’s "A Crucial Catch" campaign, the NFL’s work has raised nearly $15 million for the American Cancer Society, with the majority of the contribution coming from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness-identified pink merchandise at retail and via the NFL Auction website. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of breast cancer awareness-identified ("Pink") merchandise. Beginning with the 2011 season, money raised via the “A Crucial Catch” campaign has supported the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program. This program promotes health equity and addresses cancer screening disparities through community based cancer prevention and early detection programs that increase access to breast cancer screenings. The program officially launched in 2012 within 17 communities across the country (each within 100 miles of an NFL city) where data showed that the population had lower breast cancer screening rates and higher mortality rates relative to other communities. In 2016, communities near each of the 32 teams will receive CHANGE grant funding.

Additional Details:

1. NFL Auction: 100% of the sales price of Pink products auctioned on NFL Auction goes directly to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

2. At Retail: 100% of the NFL’s proceeds from Pink product sales go to the American Cancer Society.

Background on Retail/Licensed Product:

- All NFL Pink product is produced by official NFL licensees. As NFL licensees, such companies pay a royalty (% of wholesale sales) to the NFL when selling officially licensed products to retailers worldwide. The NFL receives payment of that wholesale royalty once licensees sell their respective NFL licensed products to distributors and retailers (i.e., the royalty is not based on retailers’ consumer-facing prices in-store or online).

- The NFL does not retain any profits generated by royalties received due to the sale of Pink products. All dollars are donated to ACS.

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