Illini Host Annual Play 4Kay Game Sunday
Feb. 4, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois women's basketball team will join squads across the country in hosting the annual "Play 4Kay" pink game on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the Illini host Minnesota at 1 p.m. Cancer survivors and warriors can register in advance for free admission, and Kristy Osmunson from the country music duo Bomshel will perform the top-40 hit "Fight Like a Girl" at halftime as survivors and warriors are honored on the court.
The Illini will wear pink uniforms with orange and blue trim, while the Gophers will sport white uniforms with pink trim for the game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to help raise awareness for breast cancer. General admission tickets are $5 and parking is free for all Fighting Illini women's basketball games this season.
The game is part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Play 4Kay initiative in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. The event's mission is to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Cancer survivors and warriors can receive free admission to the game by registering in advance with Illinois assistant marketing director Kali Hofer (217-244-0062 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Anyone wishing to donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund can do so at http://www.play4kay.org/illini.
The Fighting Illini are in the thick of the Big Ten race after winning three games in the span of seven days last week, winning at Minnesota and Wisconsin on each side of a home victory over Iowa. Illinois travels to Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 7, for its Pink Game, before returning home to face the Gophers on Feb. 10. The Orange and Blue defeated Minnesota, 91-86, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, on Jan. 28.