ESPN Celebrates 2015 Play 4Kay Games Featuring 14 Top Teams

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ESPN Celebrates 2015 Play 4Kay Games Featuring 14 Top Teams

Seven Games across ESPN2 & ESPNU on February 22 & 23

ESPN’s annual Play 4Kay women’s basketball games – highlighting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) – will air five games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 22. In addition, two top-25 matchups – featuring SEC rivals No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina and new ACC foes No. 16 Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame – will air on Monday, Feb. 23, as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday Presented by Verizon series. In its ninth year, Play 4Kay is in memory of former NC State head coach Kay Yow, who lost her long, courageous battle with breast cancer.

Nine teams listed in bracketologist Charlie Creme’s espnW 2014-15 preseason top 25 poll will participate in this year’s Play 4Kay games: No. 2 South Carolina; No. 3 Tennessee; No. 4 Notre Dame; No. 7 Duke; No. 8 Michigan State; No. 11 California; No. 16 Louisville; No. 17 LSU, No. 20 Stanford and No. 23 Arkansas.

Schedule Highlights:

  • Opening Play 4Kay on Sunday is No. 7 Duke at NC State at noon, followed by new Big Ten member Rutgers traveling to No. 8 Michigan State at 2 p.m. – both on ESPN2.
    • Coach Yow and NC State hosted the inaugural “Hoops 4Hope: game in 2006, which serves as the foundation for today’s national Play 4Kay initiative.
  • American Athletic opponents Temple and USF meet at noon on ESPNU.
  • SEC opponents No. 17 LSU at No. 23 Arkansas matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • The second Sunday top-25 matchup features Pac-12 in-state rivals, No. 11 California at No. 20 Stanford at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • The highlight of the ESPN2 Big Monday series is the top-3 game between No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina at 9 p.m. of the doubleheader. In the 7 p.m. game, No. 16 Louisville plays at No. 4 Notre Dame, meeting for the first time as ACC rivals.

espnW.com will provide season-long original content and supporting material for ESPN’s top games, beginning with the espnW.com season preview that will run November 3-7.

All Play 4Kay telecasts will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

2015 Play 4Kay Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, Feb 22 Noon No. 7 Duke at NC State ESPN2
  Temple at USF ESPNU
  2 p.m. Rutgers at No. 8 Michigan State ESPN2
  No. 17 LSU at No. 23 Arkansas ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 11 California at No. 20 Stanford ESPN2
Mon, Feb 23 7 p.m. Big Monday: No. 16 Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame ESPN2
  9 p.m. Big Monday: No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina ESPN2

The ESPN2 Big Monday Presented by Verizon was recently announced; with the full women’s basketball regular-season schedule announcement planned for a later date.

Kay Yow Legacy
Yow’s coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with NC State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA championship bids, a Women’s Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also coached the U.S. Olympic women’s team to a gold medal in 1988 and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural NC State Hall of Fame in October, 2012. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance Award in 2007.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007 from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach.  Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009.  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.  To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported $3.93 million in women’s cancer research and related programs focused on women’s cancers. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, please visit www.KayYow.com.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

The WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the WBCA’s charity of choice. For more information on the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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