June 27, 2014
Video by Mark Honbo, UC Davis Athletics Communications
DAVIS, Calif. -- Despite temperatures in the low 90s, Northern California forecasters may have noticed a dramatic dip in the mercury in Davis, Calif., on June 26, as members of the UC Davis women's basketball coaching staff volunteered to get soaked as part of the nationwide #Chillin4Charity movement to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
"We're happy to be participating in the #Chillin4Charity challenge to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "Like so many others, this terrible disease has directly impacted our UC Davis family and we want to do everything we can to support the cause. It's great to see so many coaches across the country stepping up to contribute."
The fundraiser involves coaches at all levels across the country staying cool, subjecting themselves to being doused with a bucket of cold water, then calling out colleagues, family, and friends, to answer the challenge as well. Aggie assistant coaches Joe Teramoto, Des Abeyta, and Matt Klemin, along with Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Nona Richardson and Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Jason Spencer, joined Gross in answering the call.
In partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has raised more than $8 million in support of scientific research, research for the development of life-enhancing drugs and clinical studies, assisting the underserved, and related programs focused on women's cancers.
Kay Yow won over 700 games as a Hall of Fame head coach for 38 years -- 32 of those encompassing better than 1,000 games at North Carolina State from 1975-2009 -- before losing her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer on Jan. 24, 2009, following her third bout with the disease. In her career, she became only one of six Division I head coaches to win at least 700 games, guiding her teams to 20 NCAA Tournament berths, 11 trips to the "Sweet 16," and a "Final Four" appearance in 1998.
She was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, visit them online at http://www.kayyow.com.