YSU Women’s Basketball Team to Host Play4Kay Event on Feb. 18

The YSU Women's Basketball will participate in the Play4Kay event on Feb. 18.
The YSU Women's Basketball will participate in the Play4Kay event on Feb. 18.

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team will participate in the national Play4Kay initiative to fight against women’s cancers in its game against Wright State on Feb. 18.

The Penguins will have several events surrounding its game against the Raiders at Beeghly Center with the goals of raising awareness and fundraising to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be the first half of a doubleheader with the YSU men’s basketball program.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 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. Since its founding in 2007 in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, $5.28 million has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers. The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-05 season, and Play4Kay was originally called Think Pink and Pink Zone.

The Penguins will partner with YSU’s very active Zeta Tau Alpha sorority to host a Chinese Auction and raffle, sell t-shirts and collect donations at the game on Feb. 18. There will also be a pink ribbon giveaway as well as a survivor recognition. The YSU chapter of ZTA is behind the annual Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic held on campus. That event raised $108,000 for breast cancer education and awareness in 2016.

Businesses interested in donating items for the Chinese auction or donating directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund should contact YSU director of women’s basketball operations Teonna Jewell at tdjewell@ysu.edu or (330) 397-5280. Direct donations to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund can be made by texting 4KAY to 41444.