Atlantic Coast Conference Comes Full Circle with Fight Against Breast Cancer
Jan. 28, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has seen its initial push to bring the growing fight against breast cancer to the public's eye come full circle with the national announcement of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Beginning in 2000, the ACC approved a partnership between its Women's Basketball Tournament and Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test, a Greensboro-based foundation committed to providing seed funding for researchers working on a biological earlier detection test. Initially, the tournament donated a percentage of revenues to the organization, and over the nine-year partnership, the four-day tournament has donated and raised over $90,000 to Friends' research grants.
"All of our ACC coaches are 100 percent committed to the fight against breast cancer," stated Sylvia Hatchell, head coach of the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. "Each of us in some way or another has been personally touched by this disease, and we strongly encourage our fans and community to join us in educating others on preventative measures."
Recently, the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, honoring ACC Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation has been established. The fund, which was announced on December 3, 2007, during the Jimmy V Classic, is committed to raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Yow's 37-year head coaching career and 33-year stint at NC State has seen her win more than 660 contests (666-312 NC State record) and more than 720 overall games. Yow also coached the United States team to the Olympic gold medal in 1988. During the past 21 years of her career, Yow has also waged a fight against cancer - a fight that remains ongoing.
All 12 ACC women's basketball staffs, teams and administrations stand united in this ongoing fight against breast cancer, encouraging all women's basketball fans and student bodies alike to contributing to the cause in a number of ways, including wearing pink throughout several 2007-08 ACC games, which are listed below, to help educate and motivate everyone to learn about cancer prevention.
"Fighting breast cancer is critically important to all of us," said Associate Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Bernadette V. McGlade. "In addition to creating awareness, I would encourage everyone to make a donation during the 2008 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament to Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test or any other organization committed to the fight against breast cancer."
For more information regarding ACC women's basketball, visit theACC.com. For additional information on Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test, go to www.earlier.org and for more on the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, please call 1-800-4JimmyV.
ACC Games to WEAR PINK!