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Orlando Sports Foundation Reveals Speakers for Inaugural Kickoff to Cure: President’s Luncheon

August 19, 2019 | Nathan Blythe

Orlando Sports Foundation Reveals Speakers for Inaugural Kickoff to Cure: President’s Luncheon

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The Orlando Sports Foundation released information about its inaugural Kickoff to Cure: President’s Luncheon. The keynote speaker for the membership event on Sept. 13 at the Historic Taproom at Dubsdread is UCF Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White.

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The focus of the event is to educate the attendees about the impact the Orlando Sports Foundation has made in the central Florida community.


Kickoff Luncheon Speakers:

Dr. Daniel J. White, UCF Director of Athletics

White is in his fourth season as the Director of Athletics at UCF. He has helped the Knights achieve success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. His leadership has generated national attention and success for all 16 UCF sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball. He created significant media attention by claiming the Knights a National Champions after being the only undefeated FBS program in 2018. He is also a big proponent of the Cure Bowl after the first-class experience UCF was provided in 2016. White previously served at Buffalo, Ole Miss, Fresno State, Ohio and Northern Illinois.

Dr. Annette Khaled, UCF College of Medicine, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Cancer Division Head

Khaled has been a recipient of $1.1 million in Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) grants, which have come for the $3.6 million raised at the Cure Bowl. The research interest of the Khaled lab is developing new cancer treatments, using cutting-edge nanotechnology and understanding the underlying changes that drive metastasis to discover molecular targeted agents.

Vanessa Echols, WFTV Anchor and Breast Cancer Survivor

Echols has been a fixture as a news anchor at the local ABC affiliate, WFTV, for over 26 years. She has also been cancer-free for over 15 years. Echols also runs the local Compassionate Hands & Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach, which has served central Florida for 11 years.


The Orlando Sports Foundation Board of Directors President hosts the Kickoff to Cure each year. Scott Rose is this year’s president and is excited to be able to welcome his mother and mother in-law, who are breast cancer survivors and will be seated at a special cancer survivors table. They help motivate him each day to continue bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer.

For more information about the Kickoff to Cure: President’s Luncheon, contact Orlando Sports Foundation Director of Sales and Member Relations Matt Stover at [email protected] or by calling 407-235-3925.


About the Orlando Sports Foundation

The Orlando Sports Foundation is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funding and awareness for cancer research. Our mission is to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer.

The signature event put on by the Orlando Sports Foundation is the Cure Bowl. The college football bowl game is played on the third Saturday each December at Orlando City Stadium. It has been used as a platform to raise funds for cancer research. Through four years, over $3.6 million has been raised for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Those funds have been distributed internationally, which includes $1.1 million to local researcher Dr. Annette Khaled at the UCF College of Medicine.