Methodist University Play4Kay Events to Raise Money to Fight Women’s Cancer

Play 4 Kay

Methodist University and its Athletics department are partnering with local businesses and the Fayetteville community to raise money to pay for mammograms for underserved women in the area, and to fund research opportunities around the state and nation.

The following events are being held between Jan. 27 to Feb. 5 in conjunction with the 14th Annual Play4Kay basketball game, which will be held Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. in the March F. Riddle Center:

  • 5 Star Express Car Wash on Ramsey Street will be donating $1 from every car wash between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2.
  • ScrubOaks Contemporary American Pub will donate a portion of the proceeds of lunch and dinner sales on Jan. 30 from noon to 10 p.m.
  • The Miss Methodist pageant on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. will feature a people’s choice award, which will be given to the contestant who earns the most donations. Donations can be made in Berns Student Center during the week or at the event.
  • A 5K Walk/Run hosted by the PA Program will take place Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. beginning at Monarch Stadium. Register here: https://bit.ly/2RWoScY.

The basketball game will feature informational tables, food sales, merchandise sales, a silent auction, and performances honoring breast cancer survivors and fighters. All proceeds from the events will go to the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

About Play4Kay

Play4Kay began at Methodist University 14 years ago to raise money for a foundation set up by Kay Yow, a prominent women’s basketball coach for N.C. State University. Yow battled against breast cancer on and off for 22 years before passing away from the disease in 2009.

“She was fighting a fight for everybody; it wasn’t just her fight,” DeeDee Jarman, MU’s deputy athletic director and former women’s basketball coach, said. “She was fighting for every woman who has battled cancer.”

Jarman was still playing high school basketball when she first met Yow, someone who would become one of her lifelong inspirations. Jarman morphed from Yow’s pupil, to her friend.

Yow served as a collegiate basketball coach for 38 years, with her longest stint at North Carolina State University. She had 700 career victories and was chosen as an Olympic coach among an elite group on nine picked to coach the U.S. Basketball Team during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Jarmarn witness Yow’s support for her team as well as her unwaivering faith in God, despite her years-long battle with the disease. “Other people came before herself, even when she was battling cancer,” Jarman remembered. “Other people wanted to put her in the spotlight, but she didn’t want that.”

For more information on Play4Kay at MU or any of the events held in conjunction with it, contact Dee Dee Jarman at djarman@methodist.edu.