ESPN's Play 4Kay Initiative to Feature Nine Top 25 Teams
New format showcases games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU
ESPN's annual Play 4Kay women's basketball initiative - in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) - will air seven games in a new format across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 16. In addition, a top five matchup between ACC rivals No. 5 Maryland at No. 2 Duke will air on Monday, Feb. 17, as part of ESPN2's Big Monday Presented by Bud Light series at 7 p.m. ET. In its eighth year, Play 4Kay is in memory of former NC State head coach Kay Yow, who lost her long, courageous battle with breast cancer.
The new Play 4Kay format will showcase two regionalized games within each of two ESPN2 telecast windows on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. During each window, the network will alternate between the two games to showcase the best action for viewers in the majority of the nation. In the home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will televise the game of local interest.
Nine teams listed in bracketologist Charlie Creme's espnW 2013-14 preseason top 25: No. 2 Duke; No. 3 Tennessee; No. 5 Maryland; No. 6 Kentucky; No. 7 North Carolina; No. 8 Louisville; No. 15 Oklahoma; No. 19 Penn State and No. 21 Oklahoma State.
· The 1 p.m. regionalized ESPN2 window will feature No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma State in a Big 12 game and Wisconsin at No. 19 Penn State in Big Ten action.
· The 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 window will showcase No. 7 North Carolina at NC State in an ACC matchup as well as SEC opponents South Carolina at LSU.
· An SEC tilt between No. 6 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee will tip at 1 p.m. and be part of the new ESPN Sunday package.
· No. 8 Louisville will travel to new American Athletic Conference opponent Memphis at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU, following an SEC matchup of Florida at Georgia at 1 p.m.
· Two 2013 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Americans will square off: Chelsea Grey (Duke) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) on Monday at 7 p.m.
All games will be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
2014 Play 4Kay Schedule (Subject to change)
Date Time (ET) Games Network
Sun, Feb 16 1 p.m. No. 6 Kentucky at No. 3 Tennessee ESPN
No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma State* ESPN2
Wisconsin at No. 19 Penn State* ESPN2
Florida at Georgia ESPNU
3:30 p.m. No. 7 North Carolina at NC State* ESPN2
South Carolina at LSU* ESPN2
No. 8 Louisville at Memphis ESPNU
Mon, Feb 17 7 p.m. No. 5 Maryland at No. 2 Duke ESPN2
* - regionalized telecast
The ESPN2 Big Monday Presented by Bud Light and the new ESPN Sunday package schedule 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. Coach Yow believed strongly that coaches share not only a community, but should also share in a cause much larger than the game. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported more than $2.6 million in women's cancer research and related projects. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.Play4Kay.org.
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 $100 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 strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
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.