DePaul's Play4Kay Game Set for Feb. 12
DePaul's Play4Kay Game has been set for Feb. 12 vs. Marquette

Feb. 2, 2012

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CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s basketball team in conjunction with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will host its annual Pink Game which has been renamed Play4Kay against Marquette on Sunday, Feb. 12.  The Blue Demons and Golden Eagles tip at 1:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park while the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 as part of the network’s February Frenzy.

For the rivalry game that dates back to 1978, DePaul and Marquette will both wear their pink infused uniforms in support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund which is committed to the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.  

With a goal of raising a Million dollars during women’s and girls basketball between Feb. 10-20, fans can donate online, beginning today and throughout the month of February.  The Blue Demons will also have an online auction which is set to run Feb. 6-15 for two game-worn jerseys as well as a game ball.

On game day -- Feb. 12 there will also be a live raffle which will include Nike Pink gear, a pink iPod shuffle, and a postgame "Meet and Greet" with Coach Doug Bruno.  Fans can also purchase DePaul PINK t-shirts for $10.  All proceeds from the t-shirts and raffle tickets will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Fans and community members can join the Blue Demon’s Play4Kay efforts by purchasing “memory” or “fighter” cards which will be displayed in the Sullivan Athletic Center (2323 N. Sheffield Ave.) as part of a donation tree.  The donation tree will be comprised of notes along with pictures dedicated to cancer survivors, fighters, and victims.
Fans in attendance at the DePaul/Marquette game, who are cancer survivors and fighters will be recognized throughout the game.  Those interested in taking part should contact Christin Robinson ( if you wish to be involved.

Tickets are still available for all women’s basketball games by calling the DePaul ticket office at (773) 325-SLAM or by stopping by the DePaul Ticket Office which is located inside the Sullivan Athletic Center (2323 Sheffield Avenue).  Fans attending the Play4Kay game on Feb. 12 are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

About the Kay Yow Fund
Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Kay hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation’s top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need our support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer.

To date, the Fund has raised over $4.5M for cancer research. Due to our unique partnership with The V Foundation, we utilize their Scientific Advisory Board to ensure your donations support only the cancer research projects with the most potential. Thus, grant recipients funded by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund have remarkable standing within the scientific community.

Kay felt as if coaches not only shared a profession but a community. It is with this communal mentality that Kay, despite her humility, served as a platform to rally a nation of coaches to be a part of one team against one opponent – cancer. Her battle against breast cancer was fought in the public arena with the hope of inspiring others to make a difference in a fight that impacts each and every one of us. Kay’s vision for the Fund encompasses not only her wish to fund cancer research but also her desire for coaches to enrich their lives by serving others.

DePaul’s Connection to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
Current Blue Demon assistant coach Jill M. Pizzotti sits on the Kay Yow Fund Board of Directors and serves as the Board’s secretary.  Pizzotti, who worked at Nike as it Manager of Women’s College Basketball from 2005-10, was instrumental in getting Nike involved in the creation of the Pink uniform.  During Yow’s final season at NC State, Coach Yow called Pizzotti and asked her if Nike would create a Pink uniform for her team.  Pizzotti then led the charge at Nike for all the Pink initiative items.



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