DAHLONEGA, Ga. – With all that is going on Saturday, Feb. 9 around the University of North Georgia, two big events will be held in conjunction as the Athletics Department will hold its annual Pink Game inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium while also working to raise donations for the "Invest in the Future" initiative through Lumpkin County Educators Day.
The Saints will look to raise donations for both the Kay Yow Cancer in support of research for a cure for breast cancer by selling t-shirts for $10 with all proceeds and donations being sent to the organization. Also, North Georgia's Athletic Department will donate $1 for every ticket sold to the games to the "Invest in the Future" initiative with the University of North Georgia Dahlonega Campus' School of Education matching the donation by the Athletics Department dollar-for-dollar.
"We are very honored to have the opportunity to support both of these important organizations this Saturday." Said Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves. "Part of the NCAA Division II mission is giving back to those who support us, and we feel that this combined event will be an excellent opportunity for us to do just that in a very meaningful way."
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund (www.KayYow.com) was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. Kay Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. Before her death, she joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 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 in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
"We always look forward to our Pink Game every year," head women's basketball coach Buffie Burson said. "It gives our players, coaches and fans an opportunity to help raise money for women's cancer research as well as allows us the opportunity to honor those who are currently battling cancer and those who have beaten the terrible disease. Our hope is that a lot of people will come out and support the cause and help us give as much as possible to the Kay Yow Cancer research fund which has helped do so much in the last 5 years."
Since the Fund’s inception, $7 million has been raised and $2.5 million has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers thanks to the generosity and continued support of our donors. However, there’s still much more progress to be made in the scientific community in regards to cancer research.
"Invest in the Future" is a group of Lumpkin County citizens raising funds to support teacher research and innovation projects through small grants.