Lady Greyhounds Go Pink to Fight Cancer


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Moravian College’s Women’s Basketball raised funds for the Kay Yow Foundation to support women fighting cancer by hosting the 20th annual Pink Out Game on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Kay Yow was the former head North Carolina University women’s basketball coach and the founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Before passing away after a 22-year battle with cancer in 2009, she established the Kay Yow Foundation to bring together the women’s basketball communities and raise funds to support women fighting cancer. Since its inception in 2007, the Play4Kay initiative has raised over $3 million to support women’s cancer research.

During the Play4Kay week at Moravian, there were many festivities that revolved around raising awareness and money for the Foundation. To jumpstart event, the seniors on Moravian Women’s basketball team, Ariana Caiati, Caitlin Flanigan, Tyis Mullen, and Emily Walls, created a video based on the movie “Mean Girls.”

Along with creating the promotional video, the basketball players sold Play4Kay sportswear in the HUB. The sportswear was also sold at the 8th annual Pink Zone Basketball Clinic for boys and girls ages 8-18, hosted by the men’s and women’s teams on Thursday, Feb. 7th.

Before the Pink Out Game, 32 alumni gathered to partake in, arguably, one of the most competitive alumni games to date. Many of the players in attendance were 1,000 point scorers.

Following the alumni match, cancer survivors were invited to join hands with the women’s team on the court during the national anthem. Special guest Sarah Womack from the Kay Yow Foundation spoke about the foundation’s appreciation for Bethlehem’s support of the cause.

The excitement of the alumni game transferred over to the Lady Greyhound’s Pink Out game against Goucher University at 2 p.m., where Greyhounds flexed in their bright pink uniforms. The victory went to the Hounds, 87-64 over the Gophers.

After the  game, the women’s basketball team, friends, family, and alumni gathered at Bethlehem Steel Club for a reception that continued to raise money for the Foundation.

Of all Division III colleges/universities across America, the Moravian College Women’s basketball team has raised the most money for the Kay Yow Foundation, totaling roughly $150,000 since the start.

The total amount raised this year has yet to be announced, but we can be sure the Hounds’ dedication to this worthy cause will continue to make this world a little bit brighter, one pink shirt at a time.