RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College department of athletics, joining a national initiative, will sponsor "Play 4Kay" Day during the Golden Falcons' home women's and men's basketball games on Saturday, February 14, against Wilmington (Del.) University.
The Play 4Kay program, named for longtime North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow, exists to raise awareness and funds for research of women's cancers. Yow twice successfully battled breast cancer before succumbing to the disease in January 2009. A year earlier, she had joined forces with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
On Felician's Play 4Kay Day, the Golden Falcon basketball teams will wear pink T-shirts during pre-game warm-ups, and the game staff will be outfitted in pink. Anyone attending the games is also encouraged to wear pink, the color of the official breast cancer ribbon.
The women's game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the men's contest between the Golden Falcons and Wildcats to follow at approximately 3 p.m. Admission is free for members of the Felician community with proper identification. Tickets are otherwise $5 for adults and $3 for students, children and senior citizens. One ticket is good for both games.
Throughout the afternoon, members of the Felician Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be soliciting donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Those who cannot attend the games, but wish to help the Golden Falcons support the cause, can make an online donation. Visit http://tinyurl.com/m5x84lq to donate and to track the team's progress.
The Play 4Kay (formerly WBCA Pink Zone) initiative is a global, unified effort to assist in raising awareness for women's cancers on the basketball court, across campuses, in communities, and beyond. More information is available at www.play4kay.org.
Felician combined to raise more than $2,500 during similar events from 2008 to 2013.
Felician plays its home basketball games at Job Gymnasium on its Rutherford campus. More information is available by contacting the department of athletics at (201) 559-3333 or MentoneM@felician.edu.