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WSU Women's Basketball to recognize breast cancer survivors at annual ‘pink’ game

If you enjoy great basketball, encouraging young women, supporting worthy causes and free tickets, you won't want to miss the Shocker Women's Basketball's annual Play4Kay game against East Carolina.

This year's Play4Kay game tipoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

As the game sponsor, Ascension Via Christi associates, medical staff and volunteers will receive free admission for themselves and a guest by simply showing their employee ID at the Wichita State ticket office. Plus, everyone under age 18 gets in free and the first 250 attendees also will receive a clear crossbody bag from Ascension Via Christi and WSU.

For this special game, WSU also is offering free admission to all cancer survivors and up to six guests. Simply go to https://forms.gle/HpDo2Rf4yES7a4187 and sign up by noon Friday, Jan. 31.

Additionally, breast cancer survivors will receive court-side seating and be celebrated during a pre-game recognition ceremony. They, along with a guest, are invited to join Coach Keitha Adams and the Shocker women for their 9 a.m. shoot around and team breakfast at 10 a.m. To sign-up for the special seating for breast cancer survivors and/or team shoot around and breakfast, go to https://forms.gle/HpDo2Rf4yES7a4187.

The American Cancer Society, Ascension Via Christi and other community organizations also will be on hand when the doors open at 1 p.m. to offer breast cancer education and other activities to help raise awareness.


 Following the game, WSU will host a shoot around for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

 Two dollars of every paid admission will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which raises money for scientific research and related programs focused on women's cancers. You'll also have a chance to bid on an assortment of fun and unique Shocker items. Anyone who donates $10 or more will be entered into a special drawing for a WSU Women's Basketball prize basket.

 "After being first diagnosed in 1987, Coach Yow fought a 22-year on-again, off-again battle with breast cancer all in the public eye," says WSU Women's Basketball Head Coach Keitha Adams. "Her hope was to inspire others to make a difference in a fight that impacts us all and we're honored to do our part."

 Coach Adams and her staff will make a contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund equal to all dollars raised up to $1,000.

 "We’re excited that WSU has chosen to recognize our sponsorship at a game that includes so many family-friendly and community-supportive activities," says Kim Yearout, director of Ascension Via Christi’s Sports Medicine outreach program and outpatient therapy centers. “I hope everyone will come out decked in pink for an afternoon of great basketball and fun for such an important cause.”

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.