U

Search

Shop

w

News

w

Blog

Donate

Team Jack History

Our Mission: The Team Jack Foundation raises money to fund impactful childhood brain cancer research and works to create national awareness for the disease.

Spring 2011

Team Jack Grassroots Movement
"Team Jack" started in rural Nebraska as grassroots movement when then five-year-old Jack Hoffman from Atkinson, Nebraska was diagnosed with brain cancer. Jack's family, friends and community rallied around him and his family. The initial efforts were the sale of a wristband and t-shirt created to show support and prayers for Jack.
January 01, 2012
12:00 AM

Fall 2011

Jack Meets His Favorite Husker
Jack was facing a second tumor resection in October of 2011. No one was sure what the future held for Jack, so his dad Andy sent a note to the University of Nebraska to see if he could meet his favorite player, Rex Burkhead. The Hoffmans not only met Rex, but ended up spending the day with him. Rex introduced Jack to the Nebraska Football team which was the start of an important partnership. Following the meeting, Rex stayed in touch with Jack and his family and have become great friends. Rex has served on the Team Jack Foundation Board of Directors since 2013, and used his platform to raise research funds and awareness during his 10-year career as an NFL running back.
January 01, 2021
12:00 AM

August 2012

T-shirt Project | $275K Raised
After learning about the archaic and toxic treatments Jack would have to take, the Hoffmans wanted to raise funds for research so better treatments could be developed. They understood that their efforts likely would never help Jack, but wanted to help the many kids that would be diagnosed after him.

Andy Hoffman, with the help of Mike Flood of Flood Communications, launched an officially collegiate licensed Nebraska t-shirt, that has the words, TEAM JACK, Fighting for a victory in the battle against pediatric brain cancer," flanking the Nebraska Iron N. Over 30,000 t-shirts were sold funding Team Jack's first research investment, thanks to the help from Nebraska radio stations and Husker Nation!

August 01, 2012
12:00 AM

January 2013

First Research Project Funded
check presentation photo
From the sale of the 30,000 collegiate licensed Nebraska Team Jack t-shirts, the Hoffmans were able to make a $275,000 research investment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This first investment was made through from the Team Jack Legacy Fund, in partnership with Cure Search for children's cancer. This was just prior to the Team Jack Foundation's inception as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
January 01, 2013
12:00 AM

April 2013

ESPY Award Winning Touchdown Run
In the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game in front of more than 60,000 Husker fans, seven-year-old Jack Hoffman scored a 69-yard touchdown!

Andy Hoffman wrote in his book Yards After Contact, "the score wasn't for the red team, the white team, or the Huskers - it was for the children whose struggles we'd seen firsthand."

Jack's run received national media attention and had nearly 9 million views on YouTube. The Hoffman's used the trip to The White House to meet then President Obama, and appearances on Fox & Friends and Good Morning America to spread awareness for childhood brain cancer and the dire need for research to develop better treatments. Jack's run also won Best Moment in Sports at the 2013 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Through it all, the Hoffmans told everyone they knew about the need for better treatments for kids with brain cancer.

April 01, 2013
12:00 AM

March 2015

$1.5 million committed to UNMC
After lobbying the Nebraska State legislators, Andy Hoffman was able to get a $1.5 million commitment to begin to develop a childhood brain tumor program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The funded the program, but would not do so without a private match. Team Jack Foundation agreed to be the matching funder, and so the Nebraska Childhood Brain Tumor Program came to fruition to help kids in our region have access to the specialized care they need when fighting brain cancer.
March 01, 2015
12:00 AM

November 2016

Andy Hoffman Wins NASCAR Humanitarian Award
At the 2016 NASCAR Honors Gala, Andy Hoffman was named the recipient of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Once selected as a top-four finalist, the winner was determined by a fan vote over the course of several months. The Team Jack Foundation was granted $100,000 as the prize for winning the award. This special honor was a tremendous lift for the Foundation, not only because of the funds received, but also for the amount of awareness raised for childhood brain cancer.
January 01, 2021
12:00 AM

February 2018

Power 5 | Nebraska Childhood Brain Tumor Initiative
In order to continue to develop the brain tumor program at UNMC & Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Team Jack announced an additional $5 million committed to the program. These funds would provide support in three areas:
1. Laboratory and clinical research
2. Pain management in cancer
3. Education
Learn more here: https://teamjackfoundation.org/nebraintumorprogram/.
This initiative was kickstarted by a $500,000 private gift to the Foundation.
February 01, 2018
12:00 AM

November 2020

Andy Hoffman's Book Yards After Contact Published
After years of wanting to write a book about Jack's journey with brain cancer and the story of the Foundation, Andy finished his book, Yards After Contact, in May of 2020. By November of that year, it was published and available for purchase, with all rights to the book left in the name of the Team Jack Foundation. This story was Andy's way of raising awareness and research funds for childhood brain cancer for decades to come. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Team Jack Foundation and its mission to fund impactful childhood brain cancer research.
January 01, 2021
12:00 AM

March 2021

Team Jack Foundation Co-Founder, Andy Hoffman Passes Away
After advocating for better treatments for childhood brain cancer for nearly a decade, Andy Hoffman, Team Jack Co-Founder, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor. This news was just devastating to Andy, his family, and the Foundation. After a seven month battle, Andy passed away on March 1, 2021. Andy's family, the Team Jack Foundation staff and board of directors are working fervently to uphold Andy's legacy by carrying on in raising research funds and awareness for childhood brain cancer.
January 01, 2021
12:00 AM

April 2024

Over $13 Million Raised to Date
To date, the Team Jack Foundation has raised over $13 million for research and has committed $10.7 million to national and local research, funding 16 projects. These funds were raised thanks to the generosity of many donors through events, direct mail campaigns, contests, memorials, and general donations.
July 01, 2021
12:00 AM

Spring 2011

 

Team Jack Grassroots Movement

“Team Jack” started in rural Nebraska as grassroots movement when then five-year-old Jack Hoffman from Atkinson, Nebraska was diagnosed with brain cancer. Jack’s family, friends and community rallied around him and his family. The initial efforts were the sale of a wristband and t-shirt created to show support and prayers for Jack.

Fall 2011

 

Jack Meets His Favorite Husker

Jack was facing a second tumor resection in October of 2011. No one was sure what the future held for Jack, so his dad Andy sent a note to the University of Nebraska to see if he could meet his favorite player, Rex Burkhead. The Hoffmans not only met Rex, but ended up spending the day with him. Rex introduced Jack to the Nebraska Football team which was the start of an important partnership. Following the meeting, Rex stayed in touch with Jack and his family and have become great friends. Rex has served on the Team Jack Foundation Board of Directors since 2013, and used his platform to raise research funds and awareness during his 10-year career as an NFL running back.

Rex & Jack

August 2012

 

T-shirt Project | $275K Raised

After learning about the archaic and toxic treatments Jack would have to take, the Hoffmans wanted to raise funds for research so better treatments could be developed. They understood that their efforts likely would never help Jack, but wanted to help the many kids that would be diagnosed after him.
Andy Hoffman, with the help of Mike Flood of Flood Communications, launched an officially collegiate licensed Nebraska t-shirt, that has the words, TEAM JACK, Fighting for a victory in the battle against pediatric brain cancer,” flanking the Nebraska Iron N. Over 30,000 t-shirts were sold funding Team Jack’s first research investment, thanks to the help from Nebraska radio stations and Husker Nation!

January 2013

 

First Research Project Funded

From the sale of the 30,000 collegiate licensed Nebraska Team Jack t-shirts, the Hoffmans were able to make a $275,000 research investment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This first investment was made through from the Team Jack Legacy Fund, in partnership with Cure Search for children’s cancer. This was just prior to the Team Jack Foundation’s inception as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Rex & Jack

April 2013

 

ESPY Award Winning Touchdown Run

In the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game in front of more than 60,000 Husker fans, seven-year-old Jack Hoffman scored a 69-yard touchdown!
Andy Hoffman wrote in his book Yards After Contact, “the score wasn’t for the red team, the white team, or the Huskers – it was for the children whose struggles we’d seen firsthand.”

Jack’s run received national media attention and had nearly 9 million views on YouTube. The Hoffman’s used the trip to The White House to meet then President Obama, and appearances on Fox & Friends and Good Morning America to spread awareness for childhood brain cancer and the dire need for research to develop better treatments. Jack’s run also won Best Moment in Sports at the 2013 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Through it all, the Hoffmans told everyone they knew about the need for better treatments for kids with brain cancer.

March 2015

 

$1.5 million committed to UNMC

After lobbying the Nebraska State legislators, Andy Hoffman was able to get a $1.5 million commitment to begin to develop a childhood brain tumor program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The funded the program, but would not do so without a private match. Team Jack Foundation agreed to be the matching funder, and so the Nebraska Childhood Brain Tumor Program came to fruition to help kids in our region have access to the specialized care they need when fighting brain cancer.

Rex & Jack

November 2016

 

Andy Hoffman Wins NASCAR Humanitarian Award

At the 2016 NASCAR Honors Gala, Andy Hoffman was named the recipient of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Once selected as a top-four finalist, the winner was determined by a fan vote over the course of several months. The Team Jack Foundation was granted $100,000 as the prize for winning the award. This special honor was a tremendous lift for the Foundation, not only because of the funds received, but also for the amount of awareness raised for childhood brain cancer.

Andy Hoffman

February 2018

 

Power 5 | Nebraska Childhood Brain Tumor Initiative

In order to continue to develop the brain tumor program at UNMC & Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Team Jack announced an additional $5 million committed to the program. These funds would provide support in three areas:

  1. Laboratory and clinical research
  2. Pain management in cancer
  3. Education

Learn more here.
This initiative was kickstarted by a $500,000 private gift to the Foundation.

power5 logo

November 2020

 

Andy Hoffman’s Book Yards After Contact Published

After years of wanting to write a book about Jack’s journey with brain cancer and the story of the Foundation, Andy finished his book, Yards After Contact, in May of 2020. By November of that year, it was published and available for purchase, with all rights to the book left in the name of the Team Jack Foundation. This story was Andy’s way of raising awareness and research funds for childhood brain cancer for decades to come. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Team Jack Foundation and its mission to fund impactful childhood brain cancer research.

March 2021

 

Team Jack Foundation Co-Founder, Andy Hoffman Passes Away

After advocating for better treatments for childhood brain cancer for nearly a decade, Andy Hoffman, Team Jack Co-Founder, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor. This news was just devastating to Andy, his family, and the Foundation. After a seven month battle, Andy passed away on March 1, 2021. Andy’s family, the Team Jack Foundation staff and board of directors are working fervently to uphold Andy’s legacy by carrying on in raising research funds and awareness for childhood brain cancer.

Andy Hoffman

April 2024

 

Over $13 Million Raised to Date

To date, the Team Jack Foundation has raised over $13 million for research and has committed $10.7 million to national and local research, funding 16 projects. These funds were raised thanks to the generosity of many donors through events, direct mail campaigns, contests, memorials, and general donations.

logo