PLAY4KAY Stories


Over the past 12 years, a nation of coaches have united in the fight against ALL cancers affecting women. Play4Kay stories give hope, courage, and strength.

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We recently added this section to our website to enable us to share the stories of Play4Kay. Since 2007, communities have been rallying together in support of the fight against ALL cancers affecting women. Share your Play4Kay story with us!

Stories of communities UNITING in the fight against cancer...

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund Announces 2023 Play4Kay National Winners

Raleigh, NC (March 31, 2023) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund announces its 2023 Play4Kay National award winners today. Play4Kay is the Fund’s largest fundraising initiative with events hosted in all 50 states. Through the nationwide support of participating Play4Kay teams, coaches, fans, officials, and communities, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund continues to make a

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leanna Bordner

Leanna Bordner is currently the Senior Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA at Illinois State University, but her roots are in women’s basketball. As a young assistant coach, she had known and respected Coach Kay Yow for many years. She watched from afar as Kay Yow managed her teams, her career, and her cancer with grace, courage,

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Nikki Fargas (head coach of the Las Vegas Aces) wearing a Play4Kay shirt

Volunteer Spotlight: Nikki Fargas

Nikki Fargas is a winner. She has achieved success at every level  – as a player at the University of Tennessee, as a college coach, and now as President of the Las Vegas Aces. Nikki is just that, an ace.  When the gavel was passed in August 2021, starting Nikki’s two-year term as President of

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RALEIGH, NC (November 22, 2021) – The Kay Yow Cancer Fund announces a partnership that names Jada Williams a Game Changer. Williams, a 16-year-old rising star in women’s basketball, and member of the gold medal U16 USA National team, is using her expansive social media reach to galvanize the next generation in the fight against

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Sherri Coale

Sherri Coale: The Vision

In May, Sherri Coale retired as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Oklahoma after 25 years of impacting lives. But, the ripple effect of Sherri’s servant leadership goes far beyond the decades of players she coached at Oklahoma. Sherri is a part of the fabric of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Taking

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314 Marathons…One Step at a Time

They say the first step of any journey is the hardest. In marathon running, each step, each mile builds on the one before. The marathon is one of the most grueling of competitions, and among the most revered. To say Carol Dellinger is a marathon runner is an understatement. She has completed 314 marathons, and

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Shelby’s Story…

Jimmy V said, “Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.”  Kay Yow said, “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.”  Shelby Harris said, “Put your red lipstick on and smile.” This is Shelby’s story. Her journey was quite different, but she handled it with grace.  An inspiration to many, Mom was always a happy,

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