ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Mount Union women's basketball team hosts Muskingum University Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in an Ohio Athletic Conference match-up dedicated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Former North Carolina State University (NCSU) head coach and past president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Sandra Kay Yow was a trailblazer for collegiate women's basketball and the WBCA as she secured more than 700 wins at NCSU and coached over 1,000 games in her 38-year career.
Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, Yow fought through three bouts of the disease over 22 years before her passing on January 24, 2009.
The "pink phenomenon" in women's basketball began during the 2004-2005 season, when Coach Yow's cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. In 2007, the event now known as Play4Kay, began as the sole fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and now women's basketball teams all over the country honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer by wearing pink.
In continued support of Coach Yow's legacy and the fight against cancer, the Mount Union women's basketball team will not charge admission to the game, but asks that a donation be made to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund instead.
For more information on Play4Kay and Sandra Kay Yow, visit www.kayyow.com.