The Assist Against Kids Cancer (AAKC) program pairs Stars players with kids from local hospitals in San Antonio who are in various stages of cancer treatment or in remission. The children and their “buddies” participate in a series of events throughout the season with the goal of forming lasting relationships while raising awareness for pediatric cancer in the San Antonio community. Spurs Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteer to be part of the program, giving the families a buddy from the Spurs family in addition to their Stars buddy.
Now in its fourth season, the Assist Against Kids Cancer (AAKC) program pairs Stars basketball players with children from the San Antonio community in various stages of treatment for pediatric cancer or in remission.
AAKC is an extension of the Rampage Face-Off Against Cancer program, first developed by Dan Weiss in 2009.
Over the course of the program, players and their buddies participate in a series of thrilling events, including meet and greets, Stars games, pizza parties with games, bowling nights and more. AAKC creates an outlet for the families to enjoy quality time together, while cultivating relationships between the Stars players, buddies and SS&E staff that last well beyond the season.