Seattle University women’s basketball invites fans to the Play 4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. as the Redhawks welcome New Mexico State to the Connolly Center in a Western Athletic Conference competition. Fans are encouraged to join the team, coaches, and staff as they hope to make a difference in the fight against women’s cancers through the 2013 Play 4Kay Initiative. Since its inception in 2007, Play 4Kay has raised over $2 million.

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. Yow was influential both on the court, with more than 700 career wins, as well as off, as the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award is now presented annually to the women’s college basketball coach who shows exemplary personal character in and outside of coaching.

With the creation of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in 2007, Yow hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research, as well as give cancer patients access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Overall, the fund has raised over $7 million in support of women’s cancer research and allocated $2.5 million with current research projects under review.

All breast cancer survivors will receive FREE admission to the game. Free pink Play 4Kay t-shirts will also be given out to the first 150 fans in the door.

As an added incentive, if the team’s fundraising goal of $5000 is met by the end of the game, head coach Joan Bonvicini has agreed to be pied in the face at center court by one of her players following the game.

To support this great cause, there are a number of ways to get involved as follows:

  • Make an online donation HERE
  • Purchase a ticket to the game on Feb. 9 by calling the Redhawk Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU or at the door on gameday ($2 of every ticket go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund)
  • At the game, fans can: buy a bag of popcorn, purchase pink wristbands, purchase raffle tickets to win prizes, participate in the silent auction (All proceeds go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund)

For questions or more information, contact Aaron Menard at or (206) 220-8584.


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