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Congrats to our 2014 to all our winners

:March 15, 2015 : Uncategorized

Congrats to our 2014 to all our winners


  • 9u Champion – Kaneland Knights
  • 10u Champion – Tab Knights
  • 11u Champion – Kaneland Knight
  • 12u Champion – Indy Youth Sports
  • 13u Champion – Dayton Flames
  • 14u Champion – Team Indiana


Players in age groups 9u – 13u received a 1st place medal and their team received a Tyler Genneken Play It Forward Tournament Trophy to display in their organizations trophy case.


The 14u Champions, Team Indiana, received a their own individual Tyler Genneken Play IT Forward Trophy and the Team received a Tyler Genneken Play It Forward trophy.  In addition, a player in the 14u age bracket was chosen by the referees and former winners to receive a Most Valuable Player trophy and a paid scholarship to Football University.


The Tyler Genneken Foundations would like to thank all participating teams and our sponsors.


Play It Forward – 2014

:June 5, 2014 : Events

The Tyler Genneken Foundation’s Play it Forward Football Tournament will be on the 8th and 9th of November. This competitive tournament features teams in 3rd through 8th grades (ages 9u – 14u) and occurs over a single weekend.

All of the funds raised by this tournament go towards supporting the causes near and dear to TGF – Be The Match, Riley Hospital for Children, and cancer research. Check into League Lineup (http://www.leaguelineup.com) and search for Tyler Genneken in Google.

We are limiting each age group to 6 teams this year due to the rise in popularity, but may extend brackets to 8 if demand is high enough.  Spots are on a first come – first served basis.

 Tyler Genneken Play It Forward Tournament sign up

Thank you from the staff at TGF for all your support!

Pay your register fee below


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The Indy Star

:November 3, 2013 : Blog, Events, Information

The Indy Star had a great article today by Vic Ryckaert. The article was about the Tyler Genneken Football Tournament and the reason why it is held every year: to raise awareness about pediatric cancer to add 10,000 people to the Bone morrow registry. The article can be found here http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311010056&nclick_check=1

Grant Helps Fill ‘Frustrating’ Gap in Riley Pediatric Cancer Research

:November 1, 2013 : Uncategorized

From “Inside Indiana Business, with Gerry Dick” 10/31/2013

Drew Genneken says it’s never easy to share his son Tyler’s story. Diagnosed at 11 years-old with leukemia, Tyler battled the disease with same competitive spirit he used during his football games. After seemingly defeating the biggest opponent of his life, the cancer relapsed, and Tyler lost his battle at age 14. Though painful each time, Drew talks about his son’s experience again, and again, and again for the purpose of calling attention to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)—a disease doctors have told him faces a daunting opponent—a desperate lack of funding.

“The doctors say if there was enough money there, we could make this stop happening,” says Drew. “It’s frustrating to know there’s a cure out there, and it’s waiting for the perfect number of dollars to be applied so it can be found. So much benefit comes from research in pediatric cancer, but yet the amount of funding and attention given to it is so small compared to other forms of cancer.”

It’s this lack of funding that makes the recent $250,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health so meaningful to the research team.

Dr. Mark Kelley, who leads ALL research at Riley, says because the patient population with ALL is relatively small compared to other cancers, it receives little funding from the pharmaceutical industry and relies on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for “virtually all” research dollars. Of the NCI money earmarked for supporting cancer research, only four percent funds childhood cancer.

“We’re trying to find novel discoveries for treatments for all of the children’s cancers,” says Kelley, associate director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, “but we’re particularly focused on the ones where they don’t have good treatments.”

That’s why the Riley team has an intense focus on the most challenging group within leukemia: “relapsed” and “refractive” forms of the disease. Kelley says ALL has a good survival rate of 80 to 85 percent, but Riley research is targeting kids like Tyler who fall in the remaining 15 percent of patients who relapse—those who seem to have beaten the disease, only to face it a second time in a more aggressive form. A smaller portion of children have refractive ALL, meaning they don’t respond to initial treatment at all.

Kelley explains that the current federal landscape adds even more urgency to the researchers’ mission; due to sequestration and budget cuts, he says funding levels “are back to where they were 12 years ago—it’s like a loss of 12 years.” With the recent federal government shutdown adding fuel to the fire, Kelley believes the Hope on Wheels grant is even more significant, because it helps fill a widening gap.

“[With the shutdown], there were no clinical trials going on, [trials] were taking no new patients, grants weren’t being given out, I’m on review committees that were on hold, websites were shuttered,” says Kelley. “It’s very worrisome. We’re not crying wolf, this is really a tough time. Considering the time it takes to move anything from the bench to the clinic—add in the shutting down or slowing of basic research and labs being reduced—10 years from now when we say ‘Where are all of the new discoveries?,’ part of it is being sewn right now because things are so tight.”

Kelley leads basic scientific research in his lab, but to try to push discoveries to the market as quickly as possible, he’s also Chief Scientific Founder of Indianapolis-based Apex Therapeutics. The startup, which recently earned a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant, has discovered a new therapy for ALL, which could hold promise for refractive and relapsed forms of the disease.

“The bottom line is, we want to cure all of the kids—we want to make sure no child dies of cancer,” says Kelley. “Apex’ goal is to get [treatment] to the kids as quickly as possible, because every day, there’s a kid getting cancer and dying of these various cancers, and we want to stop that. Time is of the essence.”

And that’s why Drew swallows the pain and tells Tyler’s story again, and again, and again.

“It’ll never be simple to talk about the things Tyler went through and the anguish that comes with watching your child suffer from something you can do nothing about,” says Drew. “That’s why our family and friends are motivated now to try to make this situation not occur. Probably not tomorrow or next year, but maybe one day in the future, we can look back and say we had some small hand in assuring there’s not another Tyler.”

Some updates from around the Internet

:October 29, 2013 : Blog, Information

The Center Grove Varsity Football Team – The Trojans, continue their quest for a State Championship, recently defeating LaSalle HS in Ohio.  Notably, the team beat the Warren Central Warriors on opening night – the first time the Trojans have beaten the Warriors on their field in the last 14 years. The Trojans also beat perennial power Carmel Greyhounds, bringing back the Copper Kettle to Center Grove for the first time in several years.  The Trojan’s seniors have dedicated their final season to Tyler, using the “12 Men Strong” as their motto, and attribute much of their success to honoring their fallen friend and teammate, Tyler Genneken, #12.  And it seems the team, coaches, students, and community have all joined them in rallying around Tyler’s legacy.


CGHS Varisty Head Coach Eric Moore hoisting the #12 after their big win against Carmel


If you would like to read more about the Trojans and the senior class there was a great article in The Daily Journal which can find here (only partial if you don’t subscribe to The Daily Journal) http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/local_story/Memory-of-Center-Grove-teammat_1377661494/

Tyler Friends Amaze Me

:October 29, 2013 : Blog

Tyler Friends Amaze Me

By AJ Genneken

Tyler friends always amaze me with their spirit and tenacity. Tyler’s friends were on the football team with him and are seniors this year. His friends surprised me on the first game this year and took his jersey with them as co-captain for the coin toss, and have continued to do so for every game.


They are also honoring him by putting his number and name on their helmets, and on a banner across the back of the stands with the rest of the seniors.  Tyler is also on the roster, and even has his own varsity locker. As a former Trojan myself, I recognize the significance of these seemingly minor acts.  I know how important and precious that locker is, about the pride I felt seeing my name on that roster.

Yes, these young men, Tyler’s friends, amaze me.

Be the Cure with Cure Wear

:February 6, 2013 : Shop

Be the Cure with Cure Wear – a new line of clothing that honors Tyler’s legacy and shows the support and love he received from so many.  The shirts – part of the “Legacy” collection, are images of the tattoos his brother and friends have to remind them of, and show their love for, Tyler. Inspirational in nature, these faith based shirts and hoodieCW color logo-as have a hard core look, similar to that of the “AfflictLogan Hion” brand, and are made of a soft yet durable material like that used for hockey and lacrosse jerseys.  The proceeds froLogan Frontm these shirts go to support TGF, so they are not only something you will want to have, they are clothing you can be proud to wear.Logan Back

Comment from a new member of Be The Match

:February 6, 2013 : Events, Information

Another new name added to Be The Match – the national marrow donor registry, in honor of Tyler.  Her enthusiasm is evident – I hope it will inspire you to join the cause!  “Another check of the bucket list. I’m now officially a member of Be The Match, the national marrow donor registry, in honor of my hero, Tyler Genneken. Thank you to the The Tyler Genneken Foundation for letting me be a part of something so important and dear to my heart. Look into registering! It only requires a swab of the cheek! You could give someone the gift of life!”

Some Facts About Cancer

:October 24, 2012 : Information

Childhood Cancers are cancers that primarily affect children, teens, and young adults. When cancer strikes children and young adults it affects them differently than it would an adult.

Attempts to detect childhood cancers at an earlier stage, when the disease would react more favorably to treatment, have largely failed. Young patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed. (Approximately 20% of adults with cancer show evidence the disease has spread, yet almost 80% of children show that the cancer has spread to distant sites at the time of diagnosis).

Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.

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Tyler’s Video

:October 24, 2012 : Uncategorized, Video

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