Illinois State Athletics will host its 12th annual Play4Kay game on Sunday February 6 versus Indiana State, fundraising for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the fight against ALL cancers affecting women. Tip-off at Redbird Arena is set for 2 p.m. CST. ISU Athletics is partnering with the Carle Cancer Institute Normal, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, and Mennonite College of Nursing to support the cause.

Cancer survivors can register to receive free tickets at The deadline for registration is February 4.

During the game, treadmills and bikes will be used by registered participants who have independently fundraised for the KYCF.

At halftime, there will be an on-court recognition of all cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease. Any survivor of any type of cancer is invited to participate.

The Illinois State women’s basketball team was named a Play4Kay divisional winner for the sixth year in a row last June, as the Redbirds raised more money than any other non-BCS Division I school. ISU has raised over $200,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in their 11 years hosting a Play4Kay game.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Illinois State Athletics, and the Carle Cancer Institute Normal announced in February of 2019 the launch of a fundraising campaign benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund that can result in a $150,000 grant in support of a program that will serve the underserved in the Bloomington/Normal community. All money collected during this years’ event assist in our efforts to reach our campaign goal.

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.

For questions about this event, please contact Marketing Graduate Assistant PJ McLees at, or by phone at (309) 438-3399. For more information on the fundraising progress, please visit

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