The 50 Hoops Prostate Cancer Basketball Tournament and Health Fairs is the only national organization bringing prostate cancer awareness to underserved communities through grassroots public sports participation.
Working with major cancer treatment centers, corporations, churches and community-based organizations, our mission is to raise awareness of prostate cancer, provide free screenings, treatment options, and educate African American families for medical research.
For eight years, 50 Hoops has helped men nationwide gain access to free screening and information to detect and help treat prostate-related illnesses. We have potentially saved hundreds of lives of men who might otherwise have gone untreated.
Over the years, 50 Hoops has partnered with several large cancer centers including M.D. Anderson in Houston, Karmanos in Detroit, Fox Chase in Philadelphia, and Siteman in St. Louis. Through its partnership in 2003, with the Missouri Black Expo (MBE), which brings thousands of attendees to its three-day event, 50 Hoops gained prominence as a major resource for reaching the African American community.
A 501c(3) organization, 50 Hoops began in 1995 when founder Ed Sanders was diagnosed with the disease. In 1998, Ed and his wife Pat organized the first 50 Hoops event in Dallas, TX and with support of Ed's Doctor, Dr. Claus Roehrborn, Chairman, Professor,. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
In 1998, 50 Hoops held its signature event, a basketball tournament featuring men ages 50 and over, in 3-on-3 half-court competition. Players compete for trophies, and everyone can win valuable prizes.
2004 was our biggest season ever, with cities and hospitals scheduled as host —Miami, Chicago, and Dallas and the Military.
While these events focus on African American men (who have twice the risk for prostate cancer as other men), they truly target all men and their spouses or significant others. PSA screening is offered for men of the recommended age (35+).
During the event, 50 Hoops provides information on screening, hereditary prostate cancer, clinical trials participation, treatment options, and other prostate-related illnesses.
Workshops are also on the agenda, which feature noted urologists, men’s health professionals, and prostate cancer survivors. Workshop facilitators bring expertise directly to high-risk groups in the community to raise awareness and discuss its impact on the family.
The 50 Hoops “Heroes, Heroines and Superstars” half-time segment features celebrity speakers and survivors sharing experiences.
The National Physician and Family Referral (NPFR) Project, through its national community-and celebrity media outreach, recruits Black families affected by prostate cancer to participate in nationwide human genetic and medical studies.
The Prostate Cancer 101 Lecture Series and "FABULOUS 50 to SEXY at 60: The Over 50 Black Man's Guide to Sexual Health" are two stand-alone events of NPFR designed to bring the community leaders, survivors, doctors, elected officials churches and other leaders together for dialogue about health care disparities within the African American population and prostate training. Host Cities include St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit and Houston. Outreach Cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, D.C., Los Angeles and Memphis.
The event concludes with spotlight recognitions given to local partners, celebrity supporters, sponsors, and community leaders. Past and current celebrity supporters include author and talk show host Tavis Smiley; Singers, Damon Harris, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo, actors Edward James Olmos, Lou Gossett Jr., and Harry Belefonte; and the National Basketball Association.
Good partners are the cornerstone of our success. The 50 Hoops organization is proud to be in partnerships with major cancer centers, corporations, government agencies, and grassroots organizations. For more information, visit our website at www.50hoops.org.
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