Big crowd attends PSAAC benefit event

The Penguin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Dominican University of California staged a benefit event during a Pacific West Conference basketball doubleheader with Hawai'i Pacific University on February 23 in the Conlan Center, attracting a season-high crowd of 580.

“Penguins Play 4 Kay” was a breast cancer awareness night built around the women’s and men's basketball games. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the games and PSAAC sold-out its order of pink “PSAAC Supports Play 4 Kay” T-shirts. Proceeds went toward the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The shirts feature the Dominican penguin, the Play 4 Kay logo, and a box where fans can honor a cancer survivor that they know by writing in that person's name.

Play 4 Kay was established in 2007 through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of the popular North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who had three bouts with breast cancer. Diagnosed with the disease in 1987, Yow waged a courageous battle until her death in 2009.

Before her death, Yow joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer to fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

For more information about “Penguins Play 4 Kay,” contact Toni West, women's basketball assistant coach and PSAAC advisor, at toni.west@dominican.edu.