Women's Basketball Annual Play4Kay Game Set for Feb. 9; Coach Barron Issues $10K Challenge

Women's Basketball Annual Play4Kay Game Set for Feb. 9; Coach Barron Issues $10K Challenge

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ORONO, Maine -- For the third year in a row, Coach Barron has issued a challenge to the Black Bear community: Raise $10,000 for the Play4Kay initiative and he will shave his head following the University of Maine women's basketball team's annual 'Play4Kay' game on Feb. 9 against Binghamton at 2 PM.

Coach has also announced that if the $10,000 goal is reached prior to the game on Feb. 9, he will dye his hair pink and coach the game with pink hair.

The Black Bears are looking for your help in raising money for the Play4Kay initiative with all donations going straight to the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research.

In two year's of participating in the Play4Kay event, Maine women's basketball has raised a total of $16,955.

To donate, please visit this link: Black Bears' Play4Kay Central

For more information on the Play4Kay Initiative - please visit the homepage at this link: Play4Kay

Coach Barron, who at one point of his coaching career was directly attached to the NC State community, has been very involved in this cause over his years of coaching. "Having known Kay and having coached at NC State in the two years after her passing, I can say that she was such a special person," commented Coach Barron. "Few coaches have had such an impact - not just with her players, but with her peers as well. Kay was incredibly brave, determined, positive, and grounded. During her very long and public battle with breast cancer, and after watching her friend and fellow NC State basketball coach, Jim Valvano, die of cancer, Kay decided that she would help start this charity to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and cancer research. I have been involved with the Kay Yow Fund and Coaches vs. Cancer for close to twenty years and I am very excited about having Maine participate in this cause."

We thank you in advance for your contribution to the Play4Kay initiative and look forward to seeing you at the game!


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