April 27, 2011

CARY, N.C. - The Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced the winners of the 2011 WBCA Pink Zone Contest presented by Jostens and the National Champion Texas A&M women's basketball team was victorious, raising the most money of all participating teams in all divisions.

The contest is an effort to reward participating teams in the WBCA Pink Zone who are also raising money for the Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and WBCA.

The Aggies raised over $61,000 in this year's BTHO Breast Cancer game, sponsored by the College Station Medical Center and held Saturday, Feb. 12 against Kansas. A&M nearly doubled its contribution from each of the previous three seasons.

"With the National Championship, what slipped under the radar was us receiving the award for the WBCA Pink Zone Contest," said A&M head coach Gary Blair. "It was very meaningful for everyone who was involved from us at A&M to all the fans and supporters. It's remarkable how when you do good things for other people, good things happen back to you.

"In 1998 Kay and I made our first Final Four and if I could win it for anyone else in the game itself, I'd like to say we helped win it for Kay Yow this year. We were just very thankful to help the Fund and next year we hope to do bigger and better things for it and for Aggie basketball."

Jostens, long-time WBCA sponsor, gave a complimentary piece of jewelry from the Jostens Kay Yow Cancer Fund Jewelry Collection to the team at each division (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, JC/CC and High School/AAU) that raised the most funding during its WBCA Pink Zone game for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. They also presented a plaque to the winning team at each division at the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Appreciation Reception.

"We appreciate the extraordinary efforts that each of these teams put forth in raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund," said Marsha Sharp, Kay Yow Cancer Fund Executive Director. "The entire women's basketball community is so supportive of the WBCA Pink Zone initiative and we are so thankful for their efforts in the fight against cancer."

Founded in December 2007, the Kay Yow 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.

The late Kay Yow, the Fund's namesake and former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the WBCA, and a galvanizing voice for the Association. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.

"Breast cancer, as well as the many other kinds of cancer, has touched a lot of us," commented Bill Byrne, Director of Athletics at Texas A&M. "It is a tribute to Kay Yow, other cancer survivors, and the Aggie family to learn Texas A&M raised the most money this year to support her Fund. Those proceeds will make a difference in the lives of many."