13th Annual Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament

Smash Cancer

May 20-22, 2022
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.

Our Impact

This year will be our 13th 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 2022 Smash Cancer Supporters!
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“I was able to do this through prayer, stubbornness, and humor. It all really helped keep my attitude positive and my head in the right frame of mind,” explained Gary. “Look, cancer sucks. It’s scary, but it can be beaten. Ninety percent of what it takes to beat it is in one’s mind.”Gary Lazarz
Survivor of Stage II HPV-Attributed Throat Cancer


Thank You to Our Corporate and Community Partners