Feb. 12, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
During the month of February, women’s basketball teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and across the country are raising awareness about breast cancer by hosting Think Pink games. On February 7, Florida State hosted its game against NC State and Seminoles reached their fundraising goal.
Through ticket sales, a silent auction and a Shots For the Cure free throw shooting contest, Florida State hit its goal of $10,000. All proceeds will go to the Kay Yow/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Cancer Fund, named in honor of the NC State head coach who is battling the disease.
“Breast cancer has affected all of us in the ACC and so many of those we love,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Coach Yow is always talking about earlier detection and there are many women out there who can’t afford the test so the money raised is going to help those women get tested as well go to research that will some day eradicate breast cancer.”
More than half of the money raised by the Seminoles came during the Shots For a Cure. For 30 minutes after the NC State game, players, coaches and fans shot free throws. Pledges were then collected per shot or as a flat amount. All told, $6,040 came from the Shots For A Cure. Another $2,314 was from the silent auction and the remaining $1,646 through one dollar from every ticket sold.
Beginning in 2000, the Atlantic Coast Conference 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.
The Kay Yow/ WBCA Cancer Fund is committed to raising money for scientific research, assisting the undeserved and unifying people for a common cause. After taking a leave of absence in 2006 due to the progression of her cancer, coach Yow returned in 2007 to continue coaching NC State.
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.