Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) The Tennessee women’s basketball team has learned it will once again be part of ESPN’s 2014 Play 4Kay initiative. The television network announced Wednesday that UT’s home contest vs. Kentucky will lead off a run of eight games chosen for coverage during the event on Feb. 16 and 17.
The Lady Vols and Wildcats are scheduled to meet in UT’s annual “Live Pink, Bleed Orange” game at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 16 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. ESPN will carry the contest, which pits two key contenders for the 2014 SEC title, as part of its new ESPN Sunday package.
Tennessee, which is led by 2013 SEC Coach of the Year Holly Warlick, 2013 SEC Co-Player of the Year Meighan Simmons and 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year Bashaara Graves, is ranked No. 3 in bracketologist Charlie Creme’s espnW 2013-14 Preseason Top 25: http://1tn.co/178KyoA. Kentucky is slotted at No. 6.
All games will be accessible online 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.
The complete 2014 Play 4Kay schedule can be found at http://1tn.co/14kacsk.
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 ESPNY 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.
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.