basketball-women-d1 flag

Doug Feinberg | The Associated Press | February 12, 2018

Minnesota student-athletes donate $3,000 to Kay Yow Fund

  Gophers' student-athletes donated $250 apiece to the Kay Yow Fund.

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Marlene Stollings challenged her Minnesota Gophers this fall to do something special for their Play4Kay game Sunday.

RELATED: Southern Miss coach to dye hair pink

So the players, after discussing it for a few days in October, decided to each donate $250 to the Kay Yow Fund and asked the coach to match the $3,000 they raised.

"It was amazing. I've been doing this 19 years in Division I and never have been associated with a team so generous with their scholarship money," Stollings said in a phone interview Sunday night after her team beat Penn State 101-68. "They picked the Kay Yow Fund on its 10th anniversary. I got to coach against Coach Yow as an assistant and it made it extra special to donate to a cause that money goes directly to cancer research."

The players each started putting aside about $60 a month from their cost of attendance money and reached the amount they wanted to donate.

Stollings knew that Oklahoma's women's team had done something similar last season. Last year the Sooners gave $4,125 to the Kay Yow Fund. This season they also gave $2,300.

Sunday was special for the Gophers (19-6), who are having a great season.

Stollings, as she's done for many years, brought in cancer survivors to talk to the team pregame.

"Some of them are still in treatment and a few (in similar circumstances) in the past have passed away a couple months after," Stollings said. "It's a very powerful thing for the team."

Before the start of the game, two giant sized checks were on the court so that all the fans could see what the team was doing.

"We had a two-minute ceremony right before the game," Stollings said. "It was a great day, we've all been touched by cancer."

This article was written by Doug Feinberg from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

 

11 college hockey teams to watch this March

March is here and the Frozen Four is a month away. Here are 11 college hockey teams to keep an eye on as the tournament approaches.
READ MORE

Iowa wins the 2020 Big Ten wrestling tournament

For the first time since 2010, the Iowa Hawkeyes are Big Ten wrestling champions. Here's how Tom Brands and Co. captured the crown.  
READ MORE

1980 Miracle on Ice participants from the 1979 Frozen Four

No more than four months before Olympic tryouts, nearly half of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team shared the ice at the 1979 NCAA Frozen Four.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners