Green and gold takes over Methodist University most days of the year, but this weekend, a different color enters the conversation – pink.
It’s all for a great cause as Methodist University will be joining the fight against cancer with two Play4Kay games on campus. First, the football team battles Brevard College at 1 p.m. at Monarch Stadium. Then, the women’s soccer team challenges Brevard College at 3 p.m. at Duggins Soccer Stadium. Proceeds from donations and Play4Kay t-shirt sales will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation.
For Bryan Madej, head coach of the women’s soccer team, the Play4Kay match is a chance to honor those affected by cancer.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to recognize those who have overcome cancer and those who are still with us today,” said Madej. “Over the years, I have encountered my players who have been personally affected by cancer within their families, and when we put on the Play4Kay women’s soccer game, it’s an awesome chance to recognize their special loved ones. We want them to know we are with them every step of the way.”
Methodist University plans to honor cancer survivors during halftime of the football game. Senior quarterback and co-captain Brandon Bullins hopes the game is a simple way to give back.
“Play4Kay means a lot to me as it’s another reason to show that I play for something bigger than me,” said Bullins. “We all know someone who’s life has been impacted by cancer, so it’s important to recognize and show respect to those who fight against it.”
General admission for the football game is $6 with no charge for the women’s soccer match. Full ticket information can be found on the Athletics Department site.
Methodist University will host its 18th annual Play4Kay women’s basketball game on Feb. 17, 2024. Play4Kay is the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund– a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting all cancers affecting women. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was established following the death of former North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who battled breast cancer for 22 years.