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Play4Kay Honors Memory of Late NC State Coach with Matchups on ESPN2 and ESPNU

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  • 12th Annual Event will Feature 12 Ranked Teams on Sunday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 19

Play4Kay will include 12 ranked teams across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 19, as the 12th annual event raises awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization that has committed itself to women’s cancer research initiatives.

“It’s been an honor to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund through the Play4Kay initiative on ESPN,” said Carol Stiff, vice president of women’s sports programming. “We have reinforced Kay’s message and mission for the last 12 years in an effort to find a cure for this disease, and will continue to do so. We are thankful for the schools, coaches and players who are involved, as we honor the memory of Kay Yow and all those affected.”

In partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund awards grants that support women’s cancer research across the country each year. Play4Kay brings coaches, players and universities together to celebrate the life of the late NC State head coach Kay Yow, who battled breast cancer.

Since its inception, the Play4Kay initiative – with support from the NCAA, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the V Foundation – has helped to provide more than $5 million dollars to support women’s cancer research.

Coverage Highlights

  • Features with former assistant coaches and players discussing Coach Yow’s impact on women’s basketball and their lives, and how they channel her strength, power and life lessons into their daily lives
  • Current head coaches and analysts share how Kay Yow impacted their lives, and why Play4Kay is important
  • Former assistant coach and Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Stephanie Glance shares how the Play4Kay initiative began, and how others can support the Fund
  • Sunday studio coverage with host John Brickley and analysts Nell Fortner and Andy Landers; Zubin Mehenti hosts Big Monday coverage
  • 25 NC State will host Wake Forest (noon ET, ESPNU) at “Kay Yow Court” in Reynolds Coliseum; cancer survivors will be recognized during halftime
  • Big Monday presented by JoS. A. Bank coverage will feature a tripleheader on ESPN2, with No. 12 Florida State facing No. 17 Duke (6 p.m.), No. 3 Baylor visiting No. 6 Texas (8 p.m.), and No. 7 UCLA at No. 9 Oregon (10 p.m.)

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espnW will provide provide game coverage from No. 11 Tennessee-Missouri and No. 7 UCLA-No. 9  Oregon during Play4Kay. Additional coverage includes:

  • What Andrea Robinson thought was a hip injury turned out to be leukemia for the Davidson sophomore forward, who went to John Hopkins for Christmas instead of going home to Randallstown, Maryland. Now her life is doctors’ appointments and chemo treatments while she awaits an April bone marrow transplant — and you know what? While “The Sky is Falling” might be her mother’s favorite book, Andrea offers this over and over about herself. “I’m OK.” (Vicki L. Friedman)
  • She was the little girl who ran around with a note pad pretending to interview people. The player who had friends on every team as she helped Baylor win the 2005 NCAA title. The performance coach who worked on a deep-sea oil rig and was beloved by co-workers. The cancer survivor who then found cancer had returned, and passed away in January at age 33 leaving more friends than she could count. A remembrance of Chameka Scott in the words of those who knew her best. (Mechelle Voepel)

Play4Kay Game Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Sun, Feb 18 Noon Wake Forest at No. 25 NC State
Eric Frede, Debbie Antonelli
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Purdue at No. 16 Ohio State
Tiffany Greene, LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 11 Tennessee at No. 13 Missouri
Paul Sunderland, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPNU
  3 p.m. Tulane at Memphis
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2
  5 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at No. 2 Mississippi State
Courtney Lyle, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2

Big Monday presented by JoS. A. Bank

Mon, Feb 19 6 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 17 Duke
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Courtney Lyle
ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 3 Baylor at No. 6 Texas
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli
ESPN2
  10 p.m. No. 7 UCLA at No. 9 Oregon
Adam Amin, Kara Lawson/Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2

 

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, please visit www.KayYow.com.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer.  It was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee.  For more information on the V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

The WBCA

Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the WBCA’s charity of choice. For more information on the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.

About ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

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