NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team will "Play 4Kay" on Saturday, Feb. 2 against Smith College inside Emerson Gymnasium at 1 p.m. to help raise money in the fight against women's cancers.
The women's basketball team will be wearing "Play 4Kay" t-shirts during warm-ups to spread awareness and show support. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink to the game, while those who cannot attend Wednesday can still donate online by visiting the Lyons "Play 4 Kay" website.
Throughout February, high schools, universities and local organizations are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund's (KYCF), with the mission of supporting scientific research focused on women's cancers, as well as projects assisting the underserved community.
In her 34-year tenure at North Carolina State University, the late Kay Yow became the first coach to win two Olympic gold medals, guided her teams to 20 NCAA Tournaments and was inducted into 11 Halls of Fame. However, coach Yow's legacy in the community extends far beyond the basketball court. Yow founded the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in 2007 before passing away in 2009 after her 22-year battle with breast cancer.
Coach Yow's passion and leadership served as the catalyst for Play 4Kay, the KYCF's flagship fundraising initiative. Since its inception, the Play 4Kay program has raised more than $3.93 million to support women's cancer research.