12th Annual Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament
May 21-23, 2021
Althea Gibson Tennis Center at Empie Park | 3405-A Park Avenue | Wilmington, NC
What We are Supporting
One of the main goals of Smash Cancer is to raise awareness for head and neck cancer. Hopefully, by achieving this goal we can increase early detection and treatment of this disease and improve the treatment outcomes for the patients and their families. During the tournament, physicians and clinical staff are available to perform free screenings for Oral Head and Neck Cancer and provide educational materials to the public. For the upcoming 12th Annual Tennis Tournament, no free screenings will be offered.
This year will be our 12th annual tournament and each year we grow in participation and in screenings provided. Thanks to our sponsors and participants we were able to donate over $100,000 to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance to date.
These funds go directly to helping head and neck cancer patients get to and from treatments. We are very proud to be able to support the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s Gas Card Program, which is able to help hundreds of people each year.
Participate in the Tournament
Everyone is welcome to participate in the annual Smash Cancer Tournament. Learn more about the tournament and how to register by clicking here. We also appreciate anyone interested in supporting our cause by becoming a sponsor.
For the latest tournament updates, please join the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance's Smash Cancer Facebook Group.
Smash Cancer History
The Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament for head and neck cancer patients was established by the Howard family, in honor of their parents who both passed away from head and neck cancer. Through their personal experience with cancer impacting their lives, they wanted to support ongoing research in head and neck oncology and the education of both children and adults about the disease process, treatment and prevention of head and neck cancer. Read more about the story behind Smash Cancer here.
Thank you to the following 2021 Smash Cancer Supporters!
- HPV-Attributed Head and Neck Cancer: A New Treatment on the Horizon
- Support Resources for Head and Neck Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers
- The Story Behind the Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament: The Howard Family
- Re-Learning to Talk, Swallow, and Eat: A Caregiver’s Perspective
- Safety of Celebrating the Spring Holidays with Family and Friends for Head and Neck Cancer Patients