The nonprofit set its initial $50M goal in 2017 when Qualtrics first donated its sponsorship of the Utah Jazz jersey patch to 5 For The Fight
Following its six-year patch partnership with the Jazz, 5 For The Fight will no longer be featured on the Utah Jazz jersey. In recognition of its ongoing, integral role within the Jazz community, 5 For The Fight will be featured in new, permanent spaces throughout the Delta Center
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Sept. 19, 2023) – 5 For The Fight®, a global movement that invites everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer, today announced it has achieved its initial goal of raising $50 million for cancer research. In addition, 5 For The Fight will receive permanent placement in the Delta Center with interactive spaces on the concourse and representation within the arena bowl.
“With the help of Utah Jazz fans, partners, and the community, 5 For The Fight has crossed the $50M mark. It was an ambitious goal we set at the time we announced the jersey patch,” said Mike Maughan, co-founder of 5 For The Fight. “It has been amazing to see the entire community rally around the cause and get involved. 5 For the Fight is excited about our continued partnership with the Utah Jazz to continue to raise money for cancer research alongside other generous partners, and hundreds of thousands of supporters across the world.”
To reaffirm its commitment to cancer research and 5 For The Fight in perpetuity, the Utah Jazz created a dedicated, permanent area to 5 For The Fight within Delta Center’s concourse near the main entrance.
The area on the concourse will be home to the 5 For The Fight “All In Until Cancer Gives In” Wall. The wall was designed by VGS, the creative force behind Post Malone’s Raising Cane’s restaurant activation. The space enables fans to dedicate their “5” for someone they know who is fighting cancer, take a photo, donate, and enter to win exclusive Jazz memorabilia. In addition, Utah Jazz players have recorded a variety of supportive messages that fans can personalize and send digitally to loved ones who are in the fight against cancer.
In a transformative 2017 announcement, Qualtrics announced its sponsorship of the Utah Jazz jersey patch and noted it was donating the patch to 5 For The Fight. It was the first-ever cause-related jersey patch sponsorship in the history of North American professional sports. Having completed its six-year term on the Utah Jazz jersey and achieved its initial goal to raise $50M for cancer research, 5 For The Fight will be retired from the jersey patch, but will continue to be a central part of the Utah Jazz family.
"Our journey with 5 For The Fight over the past six years has been the most inspiring representation of how the Utah Jazz bring to life our core value of being community obsessed," said Jim Olson, president of the Utah Jazz. "We are excited for our partnership with 5 For The Fight to continue and take on a new presence inside our arena in multiple areas so we can continue to champion the cause and maintain constant top-of-mind-awareness among our fans.”
In partnership with the Utah Jazz, the nonprofit has hosted 10 5 For The Fight nights and seven bell ringing ceremonies, bringing an end-of-treatment tradition inside Delta Center. During the 2023 NBA All-Star as a result of a competition within the 2023 Ruffles All-Star Celebrity Game, $100,000 was donated to the 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Internship.
Since being announced as the jersey patch partner of the Utah Jazz, 5 For The Fight
- Provided funding to 17 cancer research centers
- Created positions for 32 cancer research fellows in the U.S. and in Europe
- Established the 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Internship in partnership with Howard University to increase representation in medicine
- Created the 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Fellowship to help early-stage cancer researchers accelerate their cancer research
- Engaged more than 200,000 people from over 20 countries through 5Ks, golf classics, and 5 For The Fight nights
- Established the Dermot Costello Cancer Immunology Fellowship in conjunction with Breakthrough Cancer Research and Cork Cancer Care Centre in Ireland About 5 For The Fight
5 For The Fight, a Qualtrics-led nonprofit, is a global campaign inviting everyone to donate $5 to the fight against cancer. Each donation is made in honor of someone who is battling or has been touched by the disease. 5 For The Fight’s focus is to end cancer with 100 percent of the funds donated directly to the world’s leading cancer researchers.
5 For The Fight was featured as the first-ever cause-related jersey sponsorship in the history of North American professional sports from the 2017-2018 season through the 2022-2023 season. To join the fight, please visit 5ForTheFight.org.