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Vincennes University hosting Play4Kay basketball games

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Athletic Department is hosting its 8th annual Play4Kay event during the Trailblazer women’s and men’s basketball games on Feb. 26 against Southwestern Illinois.

Play4Kay raises funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. VU Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks has a special connection to the late Yow, who was the longtime coach at North Carolina State. He had the pleasure of meeting her while he was an assistant coach at Western Carolina University. This left a lasting impression on him and made this cause important to him and to VU.

To support the cause, the VU women’s basketball team will wear pink uniforms during its game against Southwestern Illinois. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. EST. A men’s game follows at 7 p.m. EST.

February is Play4Kay month throughout the nation as teams and schools support and honor those affected by cancer. VU has generated over $25,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund since being introduced by Meeks and the Trailblazers in 2013.

VU’s Housing and Residential Life Department annually partners with the Athletic Department to involve VU students in activities to raise donations for Play4Kay.

The Student Government Association is selling Play4Kay shirts at home games for $10 or $12 depending on size. Shirts are also being sold at the Old Post Bookstore on the VU campus.
Pledge cards are available and donated cards will hang in the P.E. Complex foyer during the month of February. Meeks and women’s basketball players also have pledge cards.

Donations are also accepted online at www.govutrailblazers.com scroll down to Play4Kay and choose donate.

A silent auction is being held on Feb. 26 as well as during the men’s basketball game on Feb. 24 with proceeds supporting the fund. The auction ends at halftime of the men’s game on Feb. 26. If you have items to donate, contact Athletic Office Manager Lesa Tucker at  LLTucker@vinu.edu or 812-888-4511.

ABOUT KAY YOW

She was a college head coach for 38 years and past president and founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Her name is synonymous with women’s basketball at North Carolina State. She is a member of the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame and achieved more than 700 career victories. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away in 2009 after an on-again, off-again battle with the disease.

For additional VU Play4Kay information, contact Lesa Tucker, LLTucker@vinu.edu or 812-888-4511.

For more information about the Play4Kay and Kay Yow Cancer Fund, see https://kayyow.com.

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MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University Life Reporter

   812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell, VUNews@vinu.edu, mmartinez@vinu.edu

JAKE JACKSON, Assistant Sports Information Director

   812-888-6831 office, VUAthletics@vinu.edu, jjackson@vinu.edu

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of Sports Information, www.govutrailblazers.com

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Play4Kay

The Vincennes University Athletic Department hosts Play4Kay and raises donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund annually. VU Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks has a special connection to the late Yow, who was the longtime coach at North Carolina State. He had the pleasure of meeting her while he was an assistant coach at Western Carolina University. This left a lasting impression on him and made this cause important to him and the Trailblazers.

Click here to donate to Play4Kay

Click here to learn more about Kay Yow and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

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