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April 4, 2014
NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Penn State Lady Lions have been recognized as the 2014 Play 4Kay Initiative Division I winner for their efforts in the national effort to raise breast cancer awareness and raise funds in the fight against breast cancer, it was announced today by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Play 4Kay initiative serves as a platform for a nation of coaches, student-athletes and fans to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization committed to funding women's cancer research and supporting projects that assist the underserved community.
The institutions that raised the most funds in each division will be recognized at the 2014 Wow 4Yow Party on Friday, April 4, held in conjunction with the 2014 Women's Final Four and the WBCA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
"We are truly honored to work with the Kay Yow Fund as part of our Pink Zone at Penn State initiative," Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington said. "The Yow Fund has been tremendous in the fight against breast cancer in Coach Yow's memory, and we are delighted to partner with the Kay Yow Fund as we all continue to work for a cure."
The 2014 Pink Zone at Penn State took place on Sunday, Feb. 16 and saw 12,585 fans in attendance account for the sixth-largest crowd in school history, the Lady Lions welcomed a record 698 breast cancer survivors to the game. They were honored for their fight against breast cancer at halftime and at a postgame reception.
This year's Pink Zone at Penn State fundraising efforts benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Lewistown Hospital. For more information on the Pink Zone at Penn State, visit the official Pink Zone website at www.pennsylvaniapinkzone.org. The fundraising total from this year's Pink Zone at Penn State will be announced in the coming months. With the monies raised in 2014, the Pink Zone at Penn State surpassed the $1,000,000 mark in donations to various breast cancer charities.
From February 7 to 17, teams from across the country participated in Play 4Kay games and made donations to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. ESPN® supported the national effort by airing seven Play 4Kay games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17.
"Throughout the entire 2014 Play 4Kay initiative, Coach Yow's vision and mission were realized as coaches, student-athletes and fans joined together in a very meaningful and powerful way to raise awareness and funds," said Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Sue Donohoe. "For the eighth consecutive year, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is so very appreciative of the passion and commitment of coaches and student-athletes from across the country to step up and Play 4Kay."
Coach Yow believed strongly that the sporting community had an incredible opportunity to use its shared sense of purpose, passion and camaraderie to support a cause much larger than the game. It was her goal, through the Play 4Kay initiative, to unite coaches, student-athletes and fans in the fight against women's cancers.
Since the inception of the Play 4Kay initiative in 2007, the program has raised more than $2.6 million in support of women's cancer research and related projects. The fundraising total for the 2014 campaign will be announced at a later date.
For more information about the annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play 4Kay initiative, visit www.Play4Kay.org.
The following institutions have been named as the 2014 Play 4Kay divisional winners:
NCAA Division I: Penn State University
NCAA Division II: Queen's University
NCAA Division III: Moravian College
NAIA: Georgetown College
Community College: Trinity Valley Community College
National High School/AAU: St. Agnes Academy (Houston, Texas)
North Carolina High School/AAU: Harrells Christian Academy (Harrells, N.C.)
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About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Play 4Kay Initiative 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. The Play 4Kay campaign is an annual initiative that invites student-athletes, coaches and communities to participate in athletic events to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.kayyow.com or www.play4kay.org.
About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) The WBCA was founded in 1981. The WBCA 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 The V Foundation for Cancer Research The V Foundation for Cancer Research 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 $115 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. For more information on The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
The Lady Lions are on Twitter. Follow the Lady Lions and coaches (@pennstatewbb) and sports information contact Kris Petersen (@ladylionsid) to get the inside scoop. The Lady Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstateladylions.