Illinois State Athletics will be holding its eighth annual women’s basketball Play 4Kay cancer awareness game Sunday, February 18, when the women’s basketball team hosts Evansville on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena at 2 p.m.
At halftime, there will be a recognition of all survivors and those currently battling on Doug Collins Court. Any survivor of any type of cancer is invited to participate. Survivors are encouraged to register for up to three free tickets to the game and a pre-game reception, hosted by Mennonite College of Nursing. Admission for all is just $1 on the day of the game.
As Redbird fans have grown to recognize, Illinois State Athletics looks forward to this event every season, as it allows Illinois State to celebrate and lift up cancer survivors, and those currently battling the difficult disease in all of its forms. Illinois State Athletics and Play4Kay game attendees have raised over $32,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund the last two years.
Play4Kay game efforts were started by the late Kay Yow, the former North Carolina State University Head Women’s Basketball Coach. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and fought the disease three times until her death in 2009. While courageously battling cancer, Coach Yow started the Kay Yow Cancer Fund which serves to raise money for scientific research and to assist the efforts to fight against women’s cancers. To date, the fund has grown nationwide and contributed over $5.2 million to support cancer research.