- WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR AND THE KAY YOW FOUNDATION
- The Women’s Final Four is dedicated to supporting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Each year we find new ways to raise awareness and increase donations, to do our part in finding a cure for women’s cancers. This year the Women’s Final Four stepped up its game by partnering with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to promote the #FT4Kay Challenge, a text-to-donate campaign and by hosting our very own Play4Kay game in Tourney Town. Plus, a special donor will be making a donation for every free throw made during the Women’s Basketball Championship!
As part of the new Play4Kay initiatives this season, coaches and fans competed in a Free Throw Challenge sending one fan and one coach to the 2017 Women’s Final Four in Dallas. The winning coach and fan will faceoff during a break in the national semifinal game action Friday, March 31 in the American Airlines Center. For every free throw made by the winning coach and fan, special supporters John and Sue Gibbs will donate $100 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In addition to this donation, the Gibbs will also make a donation for every free throw made during all 63 games of the 2017 Women’s Basketball Championship! Learn more about John and Sue Gibbs and their love for the game.
Teaming up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the perfect way to come together, as Coach Kay Yow had envisioned, to generate support for a great cause while making our game the best it can be. Check out how you can get involved and make a difference this year!
- Text to Donate
Fans can donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at anytime by texting “4Kay” to 41444 or by visiting KayYow.com. Fans who make a donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and include their email address will receive points to redeem through the Women's Final FourRewards Program. If you donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, you will receive an email from the Experience App team with information on how to set up your rewards program account, claim your points and redeem them for VIP experiences at the Women's Final Four.
- Play4Kay Game
- Join us for a special Play4Kay Game in Tourney Town on Saturday April 1 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.. The game will highlight a mascots vs. kids challenge, Dallas Police vs. Dallas Fire challenge, a Three-Point Shoot-out featuring former WNBA players, live auctions, t-shirt tosses and more!
Stop by the Buckets4Kay basketball courts in Tourney Town for your chance to shoot free throws to win Women’s Final Four prizes. For a $2 donation to Buckets4Kay, you will receive an official Kay Yow Cancer Fund bracelet.
During select times throughout the weekend, you can shoot free throws against former WNBA player, Alicia Thompson, to win even bigger prizes … if you can beat her at her free throw game, that is!
You’ll know where all the free-throw action is happening when you hear former Wisconsin Badgers’ women’s basketball player, Shawna Nicols, spinning the tunes as the official DJ for Buckets4Kay. Follow DJ Shawna (@DJShawna) and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (@KayYowFund) to keep up with all the Buckets4Kay fun during the Women’s Final Four. We’ll see you on the court!
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- 5 – 6 p.m.
- Noon – 5 p.m.
2 – 3:30 p.m.
- KAY’S STORY
Former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and faced three battles with the disease before she passed away on January 24, 2009. Prior to her death, Yow had a vision of uniting a nation of players, coaches, and an entire basketball community to make a difference, which is how the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was born. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to finding an answer in the fight for all women’s cancers through raising money and assisting those who are underserved.
The Play4Kay initiative started out as a pink phenomenon during the 2004-2005 season when the WBCA sent out an email encouraging all of its members to wear pink to support Kay Yow and others in their fight against cancer. Several years later, Play4Kay was born. The Play4Kay initiative involves collegiate women’s basketball teams holding Play4Kay games every February with all money raised then donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. For more information about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund visit KayYow.com