Saturday, January 24, 2009

RIP, Kay Yow

Kay Yow won over 700 games (she is fifth all time in major women's college basketball). She had a plethora of 20-win seasons and sweet sixteen appearances while the head coach at NC State. She led the Wolfpack to the final four once and led the US Women's Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988 in Seoul.
However, her greatest impact was as an ambassador for the fight against cancer, and a board member of the V Foundation -- named for fellow former NC State coach Jim Valvano. Jimmy V lost his battle with cancer fifteen years ago. Today Kay Yow, who was fighting breast cancer for the third time, passed away at the age of 66.
R.I.P., Kay Yow. No one did a better job of carrying Coach Valvano's message to my generation.

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