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4 Reasons You Can’t Miss our 2018 Connecticut BJJ Open

I’m not going to name them here, but just think about how many tournaments are out there now… It’s funny. When I started training nearly ten years ago, we didn’t have many tournaments to choose from. My first tournament was in New Jersey, about two hours from me, and that felt close. Nowadays, they’re everywhere, and if you’re on the west coast you’re spoiled with…

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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Presenting Our Newest Beneficiary: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

It all started with an idea and a passion to take the fight to cancer. Alex Scott was just one when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. After defying so many odds, at 4 years old, she wanted to help other kids with cancer so she set up a lemonade stand. Her parents didn’t expect it to raise much money, but after her first year Alex…

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Tap Cancer Out Awarded $25k Grant from Starbucks

A few weeks ago you might have seen us post a video we made as an entry into Starbucks Upstanders contest hosted on Indi.com. The contest marked the release of Season 2 of Upstanders—Starbucks original series highlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change—awarding more than half a million dollars in grants to organizations (eligible US 501(c)3 non-profits) making a difference in their communities. We had only learned…

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More than $5,500 Raised at the New Jersey Grapplethon

On September 9th at Connected BJJ, the Northern New Jersey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community came together in force for a day full of rolling, drilling, learning, eating, and fun, raising $5,547 in support of Tap Cancer Out! I (Jon) had the pleasure of stopping by Connected BJJ and I was amazed at not only by the turnout from the BJJ community, but by the amazing work…

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For Her Dad: An Interview with 3x Fundraiser Jessica Bal

Jessical Bal is a white belt who trains at Macarra BJJ/Gracie Sports in Norwalk, CT. She first popped onto my radar when I was looking at some of our fundraising reports and noticed an anomaly—a competitor who was fundraising at two consecutive tournaments (CT and PA). Less than a year later, back at CT, she was fundraising again. We wanted to learn more about what…

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Tap Cancer Out Named in $300K Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is driving research progress by targeting precision medicine and early detection methods for the world’s toughest cancer. The organization, in collaboration with its generous donors, including Tap Cancer Out, has invested $4.9 million in vital pancreatic cancer research through its competitive peer-reviewed 2017 Research Grants Program – awarding 17 grants to 21 researchers at 12 institutions across the country….

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