Play4Kay Basketball Game Raises Cancer Awareness


The 15th annual Play4Kay basketball game will tip off at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Reynolds Coliseum, featuring the 10th-ranked NC State Wolfpack women’s basketball team taking on the Duke Blue Devils.

Play4Kay is named after legendary NC State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. The court inside the coliseum also bears her name. Yow died in 2009 after a heroic battle with cancer.

In 2006, Yow started dedicating one game a year to raise awareness and money to fight women’s cancers. Her idea sparked a national movement. Today more than 50 colleges and high schools host Play4Kay events, including basketball games, a golf tournament, runs/walks and other grassroots events. The events are fundraisers for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

NC State’s Play4Kay event will honor cancer survivors during a pregame reception and an on-court halftime celebration. Cancer survivors are encouraged to sign up for the reception and celebration. Each survivor who attends the reception will receive a free pink beanie. To register or for more information about the event, visit

Additionally, the NC State Wolfpack Club will host its annual silent auction and raffle during the game. The silent auction will take place on the second floor of the BB&T Grand Hall inside Reynolds Coliseum. All auction and raffle proceeds will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Game tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 for adults and $10 for children. A portion of all game-day proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 919-865-1510. Employees are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. The game is expected to sell out.

All fans in attendance will receive a free Play4Kay T-Shirt.