DePauw Announces Tournament to Honor Local Legend and Raise Funds for Cancer Fight

DePauw Announces Tournament to Honor Local Legend and Raise Funds for Cancer Fight

November 18, 2003

Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University men’s basketball team in conjunction with the Greencastle Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs announce the First Annual Mike Rokicki Community vs. Cancer Challenge sponsored by State Farm Insurance. The four-team classic takes place November 29-30 at DePauw’s Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center.


The Challenge is named in honor of long-time Greencastle resident Mike Rokicki who lost a battle with cancer in late August. Rokicki, tabbed "Mr. Greencastle", started his State Farm Agency in 1976 upon arriving in the community. He was an active community leader and was president of the Greencastle City Council during his three-term tenure. Rokicki was also a big supporter of DePauw athletics during his time in Greencastle.


"The Challenge gives us a way to remember a one-of-a-kind member of our community, Mike Rokicki, in a manner I think he really would have appreciated," DePauw head coach Bill Fenlon said. "It also brings and awareness and support to a cause that is very important to a great number of people."


The 2003 tournament features four Indiana small colleges in a classic format. On Saturday, November 29, Rose-Hulman and Wabash square off at 6 p.m. With depauw and Earlham tangling at 8 p.m. Sunday’s 2 p.m. Game pits Rose-Hulman against Wabash and the 4 p.m. Contest features DePauw against Wabash.


"The sponsorship of State Farm Insurance gives us the ability to bring in quality basketball teams not only from Indiana but from around the country and stage a truly first class event," Fenlon said.


"Having the support of the Kiwanis and Rotary gives us the opportunity to present our program to the Greencastle community and have a lot of fun working together for a great cause. "


Daily tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. A two-day adult pass is available for $8. Tickets will be available in the DePauw athletic department, at Marvin’s or from members of the men’s basketball team as well as Kiwanis and Rotary Club members. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and funds raised will be applied toward the community’s Relay for Life efforts.


Additional funds will be raised to benefit the American Cancer Society through a silent auction of a Nick Mourouzis signed football used in the 2003 Monon Bell game. If you’d like to sell tickets or place a bid on the football, please contact assistant coach Brad Nadborne at 658-4942 or Also, Allen Travel is contributing two airline tickets to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. Tickets for that raffle will be available at the games.


2003 Mike Rokicki Community Versus Cancer Challenge

DePauw University’s Neal Fieldhouse in the Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center


Saturday, November 29

6 p.m., Rose-Hulman vs. Wabash
8 p.m., DePauw vs. Earlham



Sunday, November 30

2 p.m., Rose-Hulman vs. Earlham
4 p.m., DePauw vs. Wabash