RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College department of athletics raised more than $600 for cancer research over the last month during a pair of fundraisers at home basketball doubleheaders.
The majority of the funds were collected on Sat., Feb. 11, during a women-men twinbill against the University of the Sciences. Felician joined the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's national initiative entitled "Play 4 Kay" (formerly "Pink Zone"), designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, the second-leading cause of death among women.
At the games, Felician pulled in $497 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The funds were raised in a myriad of ways. Department representatives sold pink ribbons and Play 4 Kay T-shirts, and raffled off gift bags during each game. The athletics department also donated the gate receipts for the afternoon. Additionally, the women's basketball team collected $50 in online donations for a total gift of $547.
Felician participated in Pink Zone/Play 4 Kay for the fifth time, and beat last year's total by $27. The Golden Falcons have raised more than $2,200 for the cause since 2008.
"Play 4 Kay is such a big event – we're just glad to be a small part of it," said Felician women's basketball coach Steve Fagan. "The families of some of our players have been affected by cancer, so it's always a very important day for us."
The WBCA's "Play 4 Kay" initiative is a global, unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the basketball court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
On Jan. 28, Felician collected $57 in donations for the American Cancer Society at its home women-men doubleheader against Chestnut Hill College during the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a national initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.