Number of Participants: 12
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $1,014
Event Type: Health & Medicine
Sport: Girls Basketball
Date: March 8, 2022
Canton High School
Washington Street, Canton
I am the freshmen girls’ basketball coach for Canton High School and the organizer of our annual Play4Kay game.
Canton has had a Play4Kay game for the past 10 years- 3 when I coached our middle school team and 7 since I’ve coached at the high school. Our freshmen team (12 players) does the majority of the behind the scenes work but we do get some help from a few JV and varsity players. The freshmen team prepares for the event by making posters for a few hours the week before the event and then sets up the gym and cleans up the gym on the event date. They also help run a 50/50 raffle. Prior to this year, we have also had a bake sale where players’ families donate homemade desserts or beverages with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We put the bake sale on pause this year due to COVID but we hope to have it at next year’s event.
As a big college basketball fan, I became touched by the story of the late NC State women’s coach, Kay Yow and watched how the ACC teams showed their support by having Pink Out games as she was battling breast cancer for the third time. Since her passing, more and more teams have jumped on board and if you turn the tv on for a women’s game in February, you often see a sea of pink. When I got my first coaching position during the 2010-2011 season, Coach Yow had recently passed (2009) and I thought a Pink Out game would be a great way to bring my team together while doing something for the greater good.
Since then, I have helped raise over $5000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund through our Play4Kay games.
Tonight’s Girls Varsity Game was a “Pink Out” cancer fundraiser for https://t.co/21rjLMO8n6 – Teacher Jess Dineen describes how Canton rallies to this cause. @KayYowFund @Canton_Bulldogs @CantonAthletics @CantonMAHS @Canton_IntSuper @PraikJournalist #kayYow #PinkOut pic.twitter.com/a4YlIJlRsd
— Ed McDonough (@Digucator) February 16, 2022