Illinois State Athletics, in partnership with title sponsor Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, will host its fourth annual women’s basketball Play 4Kay cancer awareness game Sunday, February 16, when the women’s basketball team takes on Southern Illinois on Doug Collins Court.

As Redbird fans have grown to recognize, Illinois State Athletics looks forward to this event every season, as it is a direct vehicle that generates funds to be donated to cancer research, but also allows the University to celebrate and lift up cancer survivors and those currently battling the difficult disease in all of its forms.

All cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer are invited to RSVP to attend this season’s pre-game social held in the Legends Room at Redbird Arena, sponsored by the Mennonite College of Nursing and the Student Nurses Association. With an RSVP, survivors and those currently battling cancer are able to receive up to three tickets to the pre-game social and game, in addition to joining the halftime recognition and celebration of those who are standing strong during their current battle or who are survivors.

New to the event this season: Cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease can RSVP, donate money to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, and stay up to date with the latest news about Play 4Kay at Illinois State online by visiting As always, $1 hot dogs and pink lemonade will also be sold at the Sodexo concession stands during this game.

Patrons wishing to attend this game as a fan only can purchase $1 tickets from the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office online at, by phone at (309) 438-8000, or in person at one of the Athletics Ticket Offices located either at Redbird Arena or Hancock Stadium, open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions about this event, please contact Marketing and Promotions Graduate Assistant Zach Schroeder at, or by phone at (309) 438-3399.