BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the Moravian College women’s basketball team will host its annual Play4Kay Cancer Awareness Day. The Greyhounds host Juniata College in the Landmark Conference contest. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. after the annual Alumni Game at 11:00 a.m. in Johnston Hall at Moravian College.
“The Play4Kay game—combined with our annual alumni game—is the feature game on regular season schedule,” commented Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk. “So many of our past and current players and coaches have a deep personal commitment to this cause. Yes, we are proud to lead all NCAA Division III teams in Play 4Kay fundraising but more important for everyone associated with our program is knowing that we are doing our part to help fund research to end this devastating disease. Our Play4Kay fundraising has become an integral part of the spring semester activities throughout Moravian College and we want to thank everyone at the College for helping us make a difference to others.”
For the past 11 years, the Moravian College women's basketball team has been the top leader of the NCAA Division III Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play4Kay Contest. The Hounds raised over $19,400 in 2019 and are looking to surpass that this year with the generosity of their fans and have a list of upcoming events that are taking place.
In addition to collecting donations at the game versus Juniata, Moravian spends the entire week with efforts for Play4Kay. The week kicks off with a bowling fundraising event at Town & Country Lanes in Bethlehem on Friday, January 31. The week also includes a Pink Zone Clinic in Springfield, New Jersey, on Sunday, February 2, and Pink Office Week as Moravian faculty and staff members are encouraged to wear jeans and pink all week and asked to make a $5 donation for each day they wear pink. The women’s basketball team will also be selling t-shirts in the HUB all week. The Greyhounds are set to host their annual Pink Zone Clinic in conjunction with National Girls & Women in Sports Day in Johnston Hall on Thursday, February 6 with donations accepted to attend the clinic. Register for the clinic at https://www.moraviansports.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/Play4Kay/Clinic/index.
Saturday’s festivities will include Moravian’s annual Alumni game and a reception at the Steel Club after the game. The deadline to register for those events is February 1 at https://www.moraviansports.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/play4kayAlumni.
The contest is an effort to reward participating teams in the Play4Kay who are also raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Moravian collected $19,480 in 2019, the top amount from an NCAA Division III school. The Greyhounds were also the top NCAA Division III team in 2018 with $19,657, in 2017 with $21,662, in 2016 with $18,520, in 2015 with $17,038, in 2014 with $12,573, in 2013 with $16,210, in 2012 with $12,025, in 2011 with $5,825 and in 2010 at $6,100. The Greyhounds had a total of $5,200 in 2009 to give Moravian a total of $154,290 raised over the last 11 years.
In recognition of its on-going work with Play4Kay, Moravian received National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators/Jostens Community Service Award for on-going projects at the 2015 NCAA Convention and received an honorable mention at the 2017 NCAA Convention.
Make a donation online to Moravian's 2020 Play4Kay National Free Throw Challenge – visit https://pledgeit.org/moraviancollege-play4kay
Make a donation online to Moravian's 2020 Play4Kay page - visit Moravian WBB Play4Kay
Schedule of events for 2020 Play4Kay at Moravian College
- Friday, January 31 - Bowling Event at Town & Country Lanes in Bethlehem, Pa., 7:30-9:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 2 - Pink Zone Clinic in Springfield, N.J.
- Monday-Friday, February 3-7 - Pink Office Week
- Monday-Friday, February 3-7 - T-Shirt Sales in HUB - Short Sleeve is $10 and Long Sleeve is $20
- Wednesday, February 5 - Game versus Drew University, 7:00 p.m. in Johnston Hall
- Thursday, February 6 - National Girls & Women in Sports Day/Pink Zone Clinic at Moravian from 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Register at https://www.moraviansports.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/Play4Kay/Clinic/index
- Saturday, February 8 – Play4Kay Day versus Juniata College along with Alumni Game, 11:00 a.m. in Johnston Hall
- Saturday, February 8 - Alumni, Family & Friends Reception at The Steel Club, 4:30 p.m. – Register at https://www.moraviansports.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/play4kayAlumni - Deadline to register is February 1
- All Games in February - Moravian's 2020 Play4Kay National Free Throw Challenge – Register at https://pledgeit.org/moraviancollege-play4kay
- Online donations can be made at Moravian WBB Play4Kay
About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Play4Kay Campaign
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization's namesake Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women's basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on Jan. 24, 2009. 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 funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, more than $7.53 million has been allocated for women's cancer research. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.kayyow.com. Follow the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.