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TVCC named Play 4Kay divisional winner
Posted: 4/4/2014 11:49:38 AM
Kay Yow Cancer Fund recognizes college for raising $7,600

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the  Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, today announced the divisional winners of the 2014 Play 4Kay® initiative.

Trinity Valley Community College was named the winner of the Community College Division. TVCC raised $7,600.

“It is a true testament to the hard work, commitment and selflessness of the staff, fans and community of Trinity Valley and Athens to be able to achieve such an accomplishment,” said TVCC athletic director and head football coach Brad Smiley.  “Everyone involved in this year’s Play 4Kay efforts should be very proud.”

The Play 4Kay initiative serves as a platform for a nation of coaches, student-athletes and fans to raise awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization committed to funding women’s cancer research and supporting projects that assist the underserved community.

The institutions that raised the most funds in each division will be recognized at the 2014 Wow 4Yow Party on Friday, April 4, held in conjunction with the 2014 Women’s Final Four and the WBCA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The following institutions have been named as the 2014 Play 4Kay divisional winners:

NCAA Division I: Penn State University, State College, PA
NCAA Division II: Queen’s University, Charlotte, NC
NCAA Division III: Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
NAIA: Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Community College: Trinity Valley Community College, Athens, TX
National High School/AAU: St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
North Carolina High School/AAU: Harrells Christian Academy, Harrells, NC

For the fifth consecutive year, Moravian College is recognized as the NCAA Division III leader and for the second straight year, Penn State University raised the most funds in NCAA Division I. 

In February, 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 Sunday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 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