Pink the Parquet: Syracuse Women’s Basketball’s Play4Kay Game

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2024 at 12:48 pm by Sports Editor

By Andrew Della Piana | @dellie_5


This Thursday, No. 23 Syracuse is set to host Georgia Tech for the annual Play4Kay game at the JMA Wireless Dome. Each year, thousands of Play4Kay games are held at all levels and in all 50 states, creating an exceptional national movement.


The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting scientific research, providing help to the underprivileged, and bringing people together in the fight against cancer in order to contribute to the fight against all cancers that affect women.


Olympic gold medallist and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow’s goal was to contribute to the search for a cure for cancer after her personal 22-year struggle with the disease. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s greatest fundraising campaign, Play4Kay, strives to bring people together through sport in the fight against cancer.


The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was established in 2007 and has now given nearly $8 million to organizations that help the underprivileged and scientific research to combat all types of cancer that impact women.


According to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, “…hosting a Play4Kay game signifies your intention to join the women’s basketball community in fighting cancer and uplift survivors, thrivers, and warriors.”


Felisha Legette-Jack and her group had a memorable Play4Kay game last season, earning her first ranked win in her Syracuse career. SU defeated No. 14 North Carolina, and the Orange earned their first win over a ranked opponent since December 1st, 2021. 


The Orange will wear special pink jerseys on Thursday to commemorate the event and promote awareness for the cause. 


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