Two Monarch Play 4 Kay Games This Saturday

Methodist University’s football and women’s soccer teams will honor breast cancer survivors during their Play4Kay games on Saturday.

The Play4Kay games kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is celebrated each year in October. Breast cancer affects both men and women. While one in every 1,000 men are at risk for developing breast cancer, 1 in 8 women will develop the disease over the course of her lifetime. The disease is the second most common cancer diagnosis behind skin cancer.

Play4Kay is a national fundraising event held in remembrance of Sandra Kay Yow, a North Carolina basketball coach who succumbed to the disease in 2009. She was the head coach for North Carolina State University women’s basketball team. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and fought the disease three times.

“This event is very special to me because of Kay Yow. She had a huge impact on my life as a player and as a coach,” said DeeDee Jarman, women’s basketball coach at Methodist University and event organizer. “I strive to live my life the way Kay would want me to. Educating people about cancer prevention will hopefully save lives.”

The football team will match up against Maryville College beginning at 1 p.m., and the soccer team will play William Peace University at 2 p.m.  General admission tickets to the football game are $6, or free with an MU ID, and admission into the soccer game is free.

The public is invited to attend these games and wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Methodist University players with family members who are breast cancer survivors will be honored in a short ceremony during halftime at each game.

Merchandise such as t-shirts, wristbands, socks, shorts, long-sleeved pullovers, and more will be sold at the games. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation – Friends of the Cancer Center.

Fundraising for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation – Friends of the Cancer Center will continue Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Chick-fil-A on Ramsey Street.  Customers visiting the restaurant simply have to say, “MU Play4Kay” at the register or drive-thru, and the proceeds from their meal will also go toward cancer research and prevention.

Another Play4Kay event is planned for February during basketball season.