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Georgetown College athletics prides itself on not just success on the field or court, but strives for excellence in all facets of the student-athlete experience.
One portion of that is community service and this past weekend at the NCAA Women's Basketball Division I National Championships, GC's women's basketball was recognized for its efforts with the Play4Kay initiative. The Tigers raised $1,500-plus for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
NCAA DI schools all the way to high schools participates in this effort and the foundation recognizes the top schools from each level. Penn State University (NCAA DI), Queen's University (NCAA DII), Moravian College (NCAA DIII), Georgetown (NAIA), Trinity Valley Community College (CC), St. Agnes Academy (National High School/AAU), and Harrells Christian Academy (North Carolina High School/AAU) were this year's seven honorees.
"I was in awe when I heard the news of our team earning this recognition," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Our Play4Kay games are always very meaningful and important to the whole team. We all have family members and dear fans that have battled, are battling or have lost the battle to breast cancer and various other forms of this debilitating disease.
"Our season ticket holders understand this is a game where gate will be taken. Proceeds from that as well as shirt sales and gift basket raffles help to make this possible. Our men got behind us this year as well and helped out. No matter what our contribution, we know every bit matters, but it is nice to know that from our division we raised the most."
From Feb. 7-17, 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 Feb. 16-17.
"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.
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.