The Crucial Catch logo is shown on the goal post prior to an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C.

Since 2009, the partnership between the National Football League and the American Cancer Society has been committed to saving lives from cancer. Through fundraising, education, and awareness initiatives, Crucial Catch focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, including breast cancer. Crucial Catch helps more people catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat.

The Crucial Catch initiative also addresses the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities. The partnership has raised more than $20 million and impacted over 1 million people with education, screenings, and reminders in communities that need it most. Money raised through Crucial Catch supports 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 early detection disparities through community-based cancer prevention programs that increase access to necessary cancer screenings.

Please join us to make a Crucial Catch against cancer today.

Youth Crucial Catch

Since 2009, The National Football League (NFL) and the American Cancer Society have teamed up in the fight against cancer through the Crucial Catch initiative. Each year, youth and amateur sports teams from across the country do their part to raise awareness and funds help save lives from cancer. Are you game? Get the Youth Crucial Catch toolkit and join us.


2019 Youth Crucial Catch Winners

School Location Funds Raised
Ravenscroft School Raleigh, NC $33,075.00
Roseville Area High School  Roseville, MN $3,800.00
Xavier High School
Middletown, CT
East Orange High School
East Orange, NJ 
Gaffney High School Gaffney, SC $3,129.00
North Shore High School 
Houston, TX
Hoggard High School
Wilmington, NC
Rocky River High School
Mint Hill, NC $1,300.00
Noblesville High
Noblesville, IN $1,268.00
Milford High School  Milford, OH  $1,076.00
Harding High School Charlotte, NC $1,019.00
East Wake Football League Raleigh, NC $1,000.00

The Defender Tool

When it comes to cancer, offense is the best defense. Get off the sidelines and assess your personal cancer risks and protect yourself with a good offense against cancer. Our online tool, The Defender, offers you a personalized game plan to help you lower your cancer risks. Just tell us your stats, answer a few questions, and you’ll get a personalized plan that’s easy to execute.


Get personalized tips to reduce your risk of cancer.



Get Involved with Crucial Catch

Suit up with your favorite Crucial Catch gear or donate and cheer on your favorite players. 


ACS Regional Ambassadors

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Jacksonville Jaguars
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Denver Broncos 
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Atlanta Falcons 

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Cameron Erving
Kansas City Chiefs
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Washington Redskins
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New England Patriots
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Cam Heyward
Pittsburgh Steelers

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Miami Dolphins
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Johnathan Joseph
Houston Texans
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Minnesota Vikings
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New York Giants

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Jaylen Watkins
LA Chargers
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Tress Way
Washington Redskins
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Jordan Whitehead
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Quinnen Williams
New York Jets



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