Blow the Whistle on Cancer


Fox 40 whistles are used as a symbol of support to find a cure for cancer.

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Here is what some of our customers are doing to Blow the Whistle on Cancer!

Officials versus Cancer

Each year officials do their part to blow the whistle on cancer. During a designated week, participants donate up to 25% of one game fee to this worthy cause. Also during the week, participating officials displayed their commitment to the campaign by using a white or pink whistle that is provided to them once a contribution to the campaign has been made. This helps IAABO show the athletic community their determination for this cause. This fundraiser is run in conjunction and support of “Suits and Sneakers” night, a project put on in association with “Coaches vs. Cancer” - a cause co-sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and The American Cancer Society.

IAABO Basketball Officials presented a cheque in the amount of $110,176 on behalf of IAABO Basketball Officials from Across the United States and Canada.

Shown Left to Right: Jim Boeheim, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Syracuse University; Tom Lopes, Executive Director, IAABO, Inc.; Donnie Eppley, Campaign Coordinator, IAABO, Inc., and Gary Williams, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Maryland.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, formed by ESPN and Jim in 1993 to assist with Jim’s quest to eradicate the disease. Although Jim lost his battle with cancer, his dream of a cure lives on through the V Foundation. The V Foundation has awarded more than $115 million to more than 120 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research. The foundation continues to honor Jim’s inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” by continuing to assist with the search to find a cure.

For information on the V Foundation for Cancer Research, visit


Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Officials

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) basketball officiating crew of Tom Kislow, Daryl Pries & Jon Payne organized an annual fund & awareness raising benefit during the season to support The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Silent auctions, 50/50 cash raffles and monetary donations have helped to raise money for cancer research. Kislow, pictured on the left of the photo, died March 2nd after a 3 1/2 month battle with stage 4 lung cancer. Kislow, an Athletic/Activities Director & Dean of Students at Antigo (WI) High School, was 35 years old and left behind a wife & two young daughters. Pries, Payne and official Brian Kenney plan an annual pre-season basketball tournament to honor Kislow, with proceeds being shared between The V Foundation and a college scholarship for Tom's daughters. Tom lived through his battle by Coach Valvano's famous phrase, "Don't give up... don't ever give up".

Shown Left to Right: Tom Kislow, Daryl Pries & Jon Payne.


Blow the Whistle on Cancer Campaign

In second half action during a girls’ basketball game between Shea High School and Mount St. Charles Academy in Pawtucket, RI on January 29, 2008, referees Bill Moran (North Providence, RI) and Tom Silvaggio (Providence, RI) watch the action with a blue instead of a black whistle in their mouths. It was part of the V Foundation for Cancer Research in partnership with the National Association of Sports Officials annual "Blow the Whistle on Cancer" campaign. All male high school basketball officials in Rhode Island for the week of January 25th switched to blue whistles and all female referees switched to pink ones to help bring awareness to fight cancer which affects every American in some way.

Shown Left to Right: Bill Moran and Tom Silvaggio.
Photo Credit: Butch Adams/The Times


The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) is proud to partner with The V Foundation to Blow the Whistle on Cancer

Dick Matarante, Bob Valvano, Marcy Weston, Tony Mariconda, Frank Forde and Ron Foxcroft were part of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) supporters on hand to announce the "Blow the Whistle on Cancer" campaign. Marcy Weston, chair of NASO made the following statement on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 during the official press conference announcing the Blow the Whistle on Cancer campaign:

"When you think about officials you think about impartiality. We don’t care who wins. We call it as we see it. Right now we see help is needed to fight cancer. The National Association of Sports Officials and more than 17,000 of its members are ready to help."

Shown Left to Right: Dick Matarante, Bob Valvano, Marcy Weston, Tony Mariconda, Frank Forde and Ron Foxcroft.


Zebra Chicks

The Weekend to End Women's Cancer 2011 held in Toronto Sept 10 and 11, 2011 was fantastic with close to $10 million was raised for this worthy cause.

Photo of Zebra Chicks taken in the morning at the event.


Gulf Coast Conference Officials

Gulf South Conference crew proudly wearing their new pink Breast Cancer Awareness Fox 40 Classic Whistles prior to the start of the game between Westminster College at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia on October 18, 2008. They also wore the whistles on October 25 for West Georgia at West Alabama.

Shown Left to Right: SJ-Jamal Shears, HL-Jes Deemer, LJ-Buddy Burt, U-Gerard Gerarve, FJ Joe Farmer, BJ-Eddie Newell, R-Tommy Garrett.


Imprinted Whistles for Cancer Awareness

See our featured Fox 40 Imprinted Whistles that are or have been used for cancer awareness below.


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