Men's Basketball

American Cancer Society honors Derek and Nicole Kellogg with New England Volunteer Award

July 10, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg and his wife, Nicole, have been awarded the Sandra C. Labaree Award this year by the New England Division of the American Cancer Society. This volunteer award is the most honored accolade by the New England Division.

The Kelloggs were selected primarily because of their support of the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.

The Kelloggs organized in-game fundraiser during a home game in 2013 that included recognition of high school coaches who had participated in a Coaches vs. Cancer event on the court during the game. Coach Kellogg was among the leaders who made possible 2013's inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader at TD Garden, during which six Massachusetts Division 1 programs squared off in October, with proceeds from the three games going to the Coaches vs. cancer initiative.

Additionally, in January, the Kelloggs organized the annual UMass basketball alumni basketball game and reception, again with proceeds benefitting Coaches vs. cancer.

"Derek and Nicole are sincere role models for other volunteers," said Katy Meagher, Senior Manager of Community Events with the American Cancer Society. "Their dedication to the Coaches vs. Cancer program is unprecedented, and their commitment to the mission of the American Cancer Society compels them to motivate others. Their vision for the program is vast and allows the creation of bigger and better events, raising more funds and spreading awareness."

The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award recognizes and honors those volunteers whose actions and service in the fight against cancer most exemplify the American Cancer Society's organizational values -- Mission, Data-Driven, Diversity, Respect and Stewardship. These awards are very special reminders of the power volunteers have to save lives and reduce suffering from cancer. They are also imbued with special meaning because they are named in honor of the late Sandy Labaree, a Society volunteer from Maine and founding member of the New England Division Board.



For more information on how you become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society or about our programs and services please visit or call us at 1-800-227-2345.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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