BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team will support women’s cancers awareness and research through the WBCA’s Play4Kay initiative as it hosts the Haverford Fords Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. The Blue Jays will accept donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at the door and throughout the game and will conduct a raffle during the game.
This year, women’s basketball teams honor all battling women’s cancers with the theme “for our mothers, for our sisters, for our friends.” Johns Hopkins joins the fight against women’s cancers with its participation in the Play4Kay pink game and supports all the research being done and wars being won.
The Blue Jays will raffle off a swag bag filled with special gear, with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The winner will be announced at halftime.
Fans who attend the game will be invited to write down the name of someone in their lives who has been affected by cancer. Between quarters, these individuals will be honored as attendants raise the cards with the names.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation, was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach.
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 funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Coach Yow was a Founding Member of the WBCA, a past president and a supporting voice for coaches throughout the country. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the WBCA's "charity of choice.
Play4Kay began in 2007 and since its inception, has raised over $5.28 million. This initiative serves as a platform for a "nation of coaches" to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court and playing fields, across campuses, in communities and beyond to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This success is because coaches and players from middle schools, high schools, summer programs, junior and community colleges, NAIA, and NCAA Divisions I, II and III have come together to help fulfill Coach Yow's vision and mission.