Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/8/14
A collage of images highlighting all the activities hosted by the women's basketball team for the Play4Kay program.
 

ABOVE: The Moravian College women's basketball team raised $12,573 this year for the 2014 Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play 4Kay Contest. For sixth straight years the Greyhounds' program has led all NCAA Division III schools in the Play 4Kay initiative.

 
 

Moravian Tops DIII for Sixth Straight Year in Play 4Kay

By the Moravian College Sports Information Department

The Moravian College women's basketball team has been named as the NCAA Division III winner of the 2014 Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play 4Kay Contest with more than $12,500 raised in 2014, the sixth straight year that the Greyhounds' program has led NCAA Division III schools in Play 4Kay.

The contest is an effort to reward participating teams in the Play 4Kay who are also raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Moravian raised $12,573 this year, the top amount from an NCAA Division III school. Moravian was also the top NCAA Division III team in 2013 with $16,210, in 2012 with $12,025, in 2011 with $5,825, and in 2010 at $6,100. The Greyhounds had a total of $5,200 in 2009 to give Moravian a total of $57,933 raised over the last six years.

Moravian is the only six-time winner in the six-year history of the contest.

"The Moravian College women's basketball team, players and coaching staff, are honored to be recognized as the top Division III fundraising team for a sixth straight year," said Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk. "Each year we have embraced the challenge to raise money for this cause with the same passion and drive that we approach each opponent throughout the season. Cancer is an opponent who we want to beat. Our contribution to beating this disease will hopefully help make this happen. For my assistants and my players, along with the community here in Bethlehem and Springfield, New Jersey, it is a privilege to accept this award for our program, but especially for all those who continue to fight."

Coach Spirk, along with the head coaches from Penn State University (NCAA Division I), Queens (N.C.) University (NCAA Division II), Georgetown (Ky.) College (NAIA), Trinity Valley Community College (JC/CC), St. Agnes Academy-Houston, Texas (High School/AAU) and Harrells Christian Academy (North Carolina High School/AAU), was presented a plaque at the 2014 Wow 4You Party at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Convention during the NCAA Division I Final Four.

"Throughout the entire 2014 Play 4Kay initiative, Coach Yow's vision and mission were realized as coaches, student-athletes and fans joined together in a very meaningful and powerful way to raise awareness and funds," said Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director Sue Donohoe. "For the eighth consecutive year, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is so very appreciative of the passion and commitment of coaches and student-athletes from across the country to step up and Play 4Kay."

From Feb. 7 to 17, teams from across the country participated in Play 4Kay games and made donations to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. ESPN® supported the national effort by airing seven Play 4Kay games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Feb. 16, and Feb. 17.

Coach Yow believed strongly that the sporting community had an incredible opportunity to use its shared sense of purpose, passion and camaraderie to support a cause much larger than the game. It was her goal, through the Play 4Kay initiative, to unite coaches, student-athletes and fans in the fight against women's cancers.

Since the inception of the Play 4Kay initiative in 2007, the program has raised more than $2.6 million in support of women's cancer research and related projects. The fundraising total for the 2014 campaign will be announced at a later date.

To donate or learn more about the Play 4Kay initiative, visit http://www.play4kay.org.  

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