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

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.

The History of Play4Kay

On December 3, 2016, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will celebrate 9 years of doing what Coach Yow asked us to do – raise funds to support women’s cancer research. As this significant milestone approaches, we reflect on the Play4Kay initiative and its huge role in our success.

Coach Yow wanted to be a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers. She believed we would make a greater impact as a collective team, working together to accomplish one goal. 

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund

During the final stages of her battle with cancer, Coach Kay Yow had a vision to unite a nation of coaches, players, and the women’s basketball community to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court.kayyowmission copy

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was born in December, 2007 and is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers by raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, the Fund has allocated more than $5 million in support of women’s cancer research.

Coach Yow envisioned the women’s basketball community doing its part by funding research at a level that will create significant results – and lead to a cure. We can only do this with your help.

The History

The entire “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball actually began during the 2004-05 season when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred, after being in remission for 17 years.

H4H Team (4)The WBCA sent an email to its membership encouraging women’s basketball teams to wear pink in honor of Coach Yow and all those battling cancer. Several years later, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the fundraising initiative known as Play4Kay.

What is Play4Kay

Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later became Pink Zone and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.  Numerous sports, groups and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers — and have made a lasting impact that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

She envisioned Play4Kay events being hosted across the country and benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund –allowing us to support advanced research, extend the quality of life for those battling cancer, and provide hope -  so that one day, we can put an end to this formidable disease.

For more information about the Play4Kay initiative and how you can get involved, call our staff at 919-659-3308.

The First 4Kay Golf Classic, with Kay and For Kay

Blog post written by Marsha Sharp

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Marsha Sharp, retired head women’s basketball coach at Texas Tech University and lifetime board member of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Sharp also served as executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund from 2009 until 2011.

I think the inaugural Kay Yow Golf Tournament in 2008 will always be the favorite one for all of us who were there. The reason is obvious, because it was the only one we were able to share with Kay.

From the very first conversation about the tournament, it was apparent how excited she was about gathering as many coaches, and other folks who loved our game, to have as great a time as possible for a cause so close to our hearts.  Kay was interested in every detail; she wanted to make sure that we took good really good care of everyone.

One of my favorite directives she gave to me was to make sure there was enough shrimp – so everyone could have as many as they wanted.  She wanted it to be a party everyone would remember forever.

We were so engaged in trying to get people to the tournament that we didn’t spend much time with auction items the first year.  No problem for Kay.  She had brought a bag full of basketballs and other items and had Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Bill Self and Tubby Smith, among others, sign them on the spot.  While they were signing, she was auctioning.  Who was not going to bid with that going on? It was a fabulous evening.

The next day was golf itself.  My GREATEST memory of any Kay Yow Cancer Fund event I have ever been to was this day, and Kay.  She wasn’t feeling all that well and was struggling to walk because of pain in her feet — her toenails were coming off and to wear shoes was a major issue.  Can you imagine?  I set this stage to say how remarkable it was for her to climb up on every green or tee box to take a picture with every group, and every individual who was in Dallas, TX  that day.

Since that day I have been in lots of offices where that picture of Kay sits proudly on a desk.  I am looking at mine right now.  Every day, I am reminded of my friend who embodied courage, servant leadership and friendship more than anyone else I have ever known.

I pray God’s blessings on this great mission known as the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and know we all will fondly remember Kay as we “Play 4Kay” this year at the 2015 4Kay Golf Classic in Pinehurst, NC.

Header image, left to right:  Stephanie Glance (Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board President), Kay Yow and Marsha Sharp at the first 4Kay Golf Classic in 2008. 

 

Play 4Kay, Clays 4Kay – The Story Behind the Pink Clays

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Ed Strickland in a family photo with his wife Frances and their two adult sons. Two of the most important women in Ed’s life are breast cancer survivors, both his wife Frances and his mother — witnessing their resolve and strength was Ed’s inspiration for Clays 4Kay.

In 2013, my wife Frances was diagnosed with breast cancer. We are blessed to announce that to date, she is a two-year survivor.

About the same time, her mother, sister and brother were also diagnosed with various forms of cancer. None of us have to look far to find someone we know who has been affected by cancer.

During this period of great struggle, I was introduced to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and saw in the staff, people who embody the very vision of Coach Yow in fighting all women’s cancers.

Anyone who grew up in the Raleigh, North Carolina area knew who Kay Yow was. I actually had the privilege of meeting her and found out she was not only an excellent NC State basketball coach, but also a courageous fighter and a passionate, and compassionate visionary. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund staff has a passion that is contagious and you do not have to be around them long before you too want to join the fight.

So, last October, for the entire month, we threw pink targets at Deep River in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer.  Bill and Mary Kempffer, owners of Deep River Sporting Clays, donated money raised to the Fund, and from that, the Clays 4Kay idea was born. When asked why Deep River is hosting the event, my first thought was because it is the right thing to do. Thinking about it a little more, I would also say it is a good fit and even, it is meant to be.

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Ed Strickland, Sue Donohoe and Bill Kempffer smile for the camera as a check is presented from the first Clays 4Kay event in October 2014.

Part of Coach Yow’s vision was to bring people together for a common cause, a challenge that to me, means ‘get off the bench and get in the game’ to fight cancer.

Rise to the challenge and do something.  Pink targets, pink shotgun shells and a mobile mammography unit (with Coach Yow’s image on the side) at a shooting range, is  a creative way to raise funds and awareness.

We are proud and honored to invite folks who enjoy shooting sports to join us for Clays 4Kay to support research for all women’s cancers.

This will be our first Clays 4Kay event, but not our last. My prayer and goal is for this event to become one of the biggest events we hold at Deep River Sporting Clays each year. Based on the success we are seeing thus far, we are well on our way.

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Mary and Bill Kempffer, owners of Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School.

“We are excited to be involved in the important work of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and look forward to Clays 4Kay growing larger each year.”  – Mary and Bill Kempffer, owners of Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School.

Ed Strickland is an instructor at Deep River Sporting Clays & Shooting School and has been the driving force behind Clays 4Kay.