What do you know? Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
While they’ll likely be away from home this Thanksgiving, the DePaul University Blue Demons aren’t all that bummed about it. They are among the six teams who will vie for the top prize at the Second Annual Play 4 Kay Shoot Out in Las Vegas.
Under the tutelage of Doug Bruno, the Blue Demons are coming to the Mandalay Bay Events Center to go against Atlantic Sun champions Florida Gulf Coast. on November 23-25, 2017. All participating teams have competed in last season’s NCAA Women’s Tournament and will meet again to rally against Breast Cancer.
De Paul is one of the participating teams in the country who supports the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Kay Yow was a women’s basketball coach who serves as an inspiration for breast cancer survivors and advocates alike. She is a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and lead her girls to numerous state and national victories. She was a beloved figure at the North Carolina State University where her 22-year battle with breast cancer was witnessed. More importantly, Kay bravely fought her on again off again cancer in the public eye in the hopes that she will be able to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Play4Kay is one of the initiatives of her namesake foundation.
Two decades after her demise, Kay’s Angels are still at it, raising awareness and leading fund-raising efforts across the nation. Since their founding, the fund has raised more than $5 Million dollars for cancer research. Some of the funds also go to support survivorship of those who may need financial assistance.
Among this year’s participants are Stanford, Kent and the Ohio State Teams. It’s a face off of the best teams in the nation! Surely, the crowd will be treated to thrilling games. So if you’ll be in Las Vegas come November 23rd, come and enjoy a game. The schedule are as follows:
2:30 p.m. CT – DePaul vs. FGCU
5:00 p.m. CT – Ohio State vs. Memphis
7:30 p.m. CT – Stanford vs. Kent State
10:00 p.m. CT – Gonzaga vs. Belmont
It is really inspiring to see young girls’ enthusiasm in supporting such a great cause. Basketball games are popular among all ages and is a great platform to spread awareness about breast cancer. If you’re a member of a local basketball team, you too can hold fund raising games for the Kay Yow Foundation. You can just go to their website for more details.