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Kay Yow Cancer Fund Announces 2016 Play4Kay Divisional Winners

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 1, 2016) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® today announced the top fundraisers in each division for the 2016 Play4Kay® initiative. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Its primary fundraising support comes from women’s basketball teams across the country that dedicate an event to raise funds and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization committed to funding women’s cancer research and supporting projects that assist the underserved community.

The institutions that raised the most funds in each division will be recognized on April 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the NCAA® Women’s Final Four and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Wow 4Yow event.

The 2016 Play4Kay divisional winners are:

NCAA Division I (BCS): TBD
NCAA Division I (Non-BCS): Illinois State University
NCAA Division II: Lenoir-Rhyne University
NCAA Division III: Moravian College; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
NAIA: Faulkner University; Montgomery, Alabama
Community College: Trinity Valley Community College; Athens, Texas
National K-12: Akin Elementary School; Hale Center, Texas

For the eighth consecutive year, Moravian College won the NCAA Division III title. For the third consecutive year, Trinity Valley Community College and Harrells Christian Academy raised the most funds in their respective divisions. For the second consecutive year, Faulkner University raised the most funds for the NAIA Division title.

“The 2016 Play4Kay fundraising initiative is a testament to the commitment the women’s basketball community has for the mission of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Stephanie Glance.  “Coach Yow’s vision for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Play4Kay fundraising initiative was to unite a nation of coaches and the women’s basketball community across the country, to do something collectively for the greater good, that far exceeds wins and losses on the court.

Since the Fund’s inception, more than $5.28 million has been allocated in support of women’s cancer research and serving the underserved.

For more information about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its annual Play 4Kay® fundraising initiative, visit www.kayyow.com and follow #Play4Kay.

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About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, more than $5.28 million has been allocated for women’s cancer research. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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Media Contact:
Brenda Steen
Kay Yow Cancer Fund
919/659-3305
Brenda.steen@kayyow.com

KAY YOW CANCER FUND AWARDS $100,000 WOMEN’S CANCER RESEARCH GRANT TO IU SIMON CANCER CENTER

Indianapolis, IN, (February 2016) –The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® has awarded a $100,000 women’s cancer research grant to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Since 2009, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported a women’s cancer research grant at an institution based in the host city of the annual NCAA Women’s Final Four®.  This year’s grant is awarded to the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, host of the 2016 Women’s Final Four.

Dr. Patrick Loehrer expresses his gratitude for the $100,000 research grant.

Dr. Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D., Director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, expresses his gratitude for the $100,000 research grant.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center.  “The researchers and physicians at the IU Simon Cancer Center tackle breast, uterine, vaginal, and ovarian cancers, which affect too many women and their loved ones. These funds will be used by our scientists, enabling them to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat women’s cancers.”

Before her death, Coach Yow invited the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to partner with her to found the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Stephanie Glance, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, shares Coach Kay Yow’s mission and vision.

“Coach Yow was very specific in her direction that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund support research to enhance the quality of life of those individuals battling cancer, and to help find a cure,” said Stephanie Glance, Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This research grant will continue the legacy of Coach Yow and the Fund’s mission of supporting women’s cancer research.”

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is privileged to work in collaboration with The V Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee to identify and review grant proposals supporting women’s cancer research. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has allocated more than $5.28 million in support of women’s cancer research and serving the underserved.

About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, more than $5.28 million has been allocated for women’s cancer research. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

About IU Simon Cancer Center  

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Indiana that provides patient care. The NCI designation places the IU Simon Cancer Center in an elite group of 69 cancer centers across the country that focus on the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer. The NCI designation recognizes that the IU Simon Cancer Center’s research programs meet the NCI’s rigorous criteria for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research. Learn more at www.cancer.iu.edu.

Photo credit: Tim Yates, Office of Visual Media/IU School of Medicine.

 

 

ESPN to Celebrate 10th Year of Play 4Kay in February

Eleven-ranked teams to be showcased across ESPN2 & ESPNU

Play 4Kay celebrates its 10th year – the annual event across ESPN networks continues to highlight the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Once again, five games will air across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 21, plus two top-20 matchups as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday series featuring No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 10 Florida State and No. 5 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 22.

Play 4Kay unites a nation of coaches and players for a greater cause – raise awareness and funds in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. During the 2015 ESPYS, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced a multi-year $1.25 million grant to The V Foundation in support of women’s cancer research initiatives. This grant continues the legacy of Yow and will fund an ovarian cancer research project at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

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Eleven teams listed in the espnW.com Way-too-early Top 25 poll will participate in this year’sPlay 4Kay games: No. 3 Tennessee; No. 4 Maryland; No. 5 Baylor; No. 6 Notre Dame; No. 8 North Carolina; No. 10 Florida State; No. 11 Mississippi State; No. 19 Oklahoma; No. 21 USF; No. 22 LSU and No. 25 Rutgers.

Schedule Highlights:

  • Opening Play 4Kay’s tripleheader on ESPN2 Sunday is Coach Yow’s former team NC State traveling to ACC foe No. 8 North Carolina at 1 p.m.
  • Continuing on ESPN2, No. 4 Maryland faces Big Ten opponent No. 25 Rutgers at 3 p.m., followed by SEC in-state rivals No. 11 Mississippi State at Ole Miss at 5 p.m.
  • ESPNU features a doubleheader beginning at noon with American opponents Memphis at No. 21 USF, followed by a top-25 SEC tilt showcasing No. 3 Tennessee at LSU at 2 p.m.
  • The ESPN2 Big Monday showdown features a top-10 matchup between No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 10 Florida State at 7 p.m., followed by No. 5 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma at 9 p.m.

espnW.com will provide season-long original content and supporting material for ESPN’s top games, including leading into games with espnW’s national player-of-the-week and updated Bracketology from Charlie Creme, who accurately picked all 64 teams last year. The espnW season preview will run November 9-13.  Also, additional columns and features will continue to be posted from Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Kate Fagan, who have provided season-long content on the biggest storylines in the sport.

All Play 4Kay telecasts will be streamed live on WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

2016 Play 4Kay Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, Feb 21 Noon Memphis at No. 21 USF ESPNU
  1 p.m. NC State at No. 8 North Carolina ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 3 Tennessee at No. 22 LSU ESPNU
  3 p.m. No. 4 Maryland at No. 25 Rutgers ESPN2
  5 p.m. No. 11 Mississippi State at Ole Miss ESPN2
Mon, Feb 22 7 p.m. Big Monday: No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 10 Florida State ESPN2
  9 p.m. Big Monday: No. 5 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma ESPN2

The ESPN2 Big Monday schedule was recently announced; with the full women’s basketball regular-season schedule announcement planned for a later date.

Kay Yow Legacy
Yow’s coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with NC State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA championship bids, a Women’s Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also served as the assistant women’s Olympic team coach in 1984 and head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s gold medal team in 1988. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural NC State Hall of Fame in October, 2012. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance Award in 2007.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007 from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported over $5.18 million in women’s cancer research and related programs focused on women’s cancers. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.KayYow.com.

We are her people. She is still teaching. A Former Player’s Thoughts on Coach Yow.

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Written by Debbie Antonelli, Women’s Basketball Analyst
Board Member, Kay Yow Cancer Fund

I believe in a sport, especially in basketball, a person called “Coach” is honored with a moniker of respect. If given that title, you have earned it with a large measure of character and leadership. If called teacher, that’s another level in the game and in molding character in your people. I say people first, then player, because that’s the order my teacher, my coach, Kay Yow, defined her former people, former students. Coach Yow was a teacher and leader of people before she was an engineer of fundamentals and hard work. It took years of maturity for me to realize she used basketball as a vehicle to teach life lessons and empower her people with the tools to live their lives.

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