Texas A&M Women’s Basketball is excited to host their annual "Beat The Hell Out of Breast Cancer" game at Reed Arena on Sunday, February 22 when the Aggies take on the Florida Gators at 3:00 pm. We are asking for the support of the 12th Man as we set out to bring awareness to this important cause and raise over $20,000 during the month of February to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Pink Alliance, a local non-profit in the Brazos Valley who serve as an advocate for breast cancer support. Join our team as we fight to Beat The Hell Out of Breast Cancer!
Ways to Donate
- Buy a BTHO Breast Cancer T-Shirt.
- Donate to your Play 4 Kay team page.
- Attend the game and wear pink!
- Students: Assistant Coach Bob Starkey and wife Sherie will donate $1 to the Pink Alliance for each student in attendance!
- Bid on exclusive Texas A&M Athletics Items on the Online Auction, which benefits the Pink Alliance.
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Meet Kay Yow
The late Kay Yow, North Carolina State University's former head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and a galvanizing voice for the Association.Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. In her 38 years as a head coach at the college-level, Yow is one of only six Division I head women's basketball mentors to achieve 700 career victories. Yow was also the head coach of the 1988 US Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Seoul. Click here for her full biography.
Gary Blair about Coach Yow
"It means a lot to be able to wear the pink ribbon upside down in remembrance of Kay Yow. Kay was very special. We were in the Final Four together and are the old cats in the profession. She did everything with class. As coaches, that's who we envied; someone who didn't have a large ego and someone who gave back to the game. Even though she knew her time was short, she has already touched so many lives across the country with her testimony. Kay has championed the cause, but there are a lot of people out there who are affected by the cause. Whatever we can do, we need to find a way. If we can build off of her legacy similar to how the men's game did with former North Carolina State head coach Jim Valvano, that's a rallying cry. It's a win-win situation not just for cancer, but for an awareness of what women's basketball can do. It's not all about the W's and the L's, it's about the classy people in this game who want to do their part in finding a cure." -- Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair on Kay Yow
The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund was announced on December 3, 2007, during the Jimmy V Classic. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund?, in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will raise money in the fight against women's cancers. It was appropriate to announce this Fund during the Jimmy V Classic because of the connection between Jim Valvano, former North Carolina State men's head basketball coach, and Kay Yow, North Carolina State women's basketball coach.
About Pink Alliance
Pink Alliance, your advocate for breast cancer support in the Brazos Valley, is a non-profit 501 [c] (3) organization formed in 2007 by five local women who are breast cancer survivors. Pink Alliance serves as the Brazos Valley’s advocate for breast health and cancer support by providing reliable, informative resources; inspiring hope through individual and group support; and offering access to medical treatments for those with limited means. All board members and volunteers provide services to the community without compensation.
Bid on exclusive Texas A&M Athletics Items on the Online Auction, which benefits the Pink Alliance.