DePaul's Play 4Kay Set for Feb. 12 Against Rutgers
Blue Demons and Scarlet Knights will both wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Fund
Feb. 7, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The DePaul women’s basketball team in conjunction with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will host its annual Play 4Kay game against Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Blue Demons and Scarlet Knights tip at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Park while the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
For the BIG EAST Conference game both DePaul and Rutgers wear 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.
The 2013 Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. With a goal of raising a million dollars during women’s and girls’ basketball between Feb. 8-18, fans can donate online, beginning today and throughout the month of February.
DePaul will also set up an online auction, on its official athletics website, which is set to begin on Feb. 8 and run thru the end of the month for two game-worn jerseys as well as the game ball.
On game day -- Feb. 12 pink poms will be sold for $1. Fans can also purchase DePaul PINK t-shirts for $10. All proceeds from the online auction, t-shirts and poms will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
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 $7 million in support of women's cancer research. Due to our unique partnership with The V Foundation, the foundation utilizes its Scientific Advisory Board to ensure that donations support 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.