HAMDEN, Conn. – Members of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team participated in the Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge to support and bring awareness to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Friday morning at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
Head Coach Tricia Fabbri, Assistant Coaches Mountain MacGillivray and Marie Warner and junior guard Adily Martucci answered the challenge by having buckets of ice water dumped on their heads.
Chillin4Charity is an initiative started by the University of Arizona women's basketball team and Head Coach Niya Butts, to raise awareness and donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The challenge was issued to the rest of the Pac-12 coaches and has gained momentum from there, reaching across the nation as coaches continue to challenge others.
Rules for the challenge are that all parties have 48 hours from the release to answer the challenge, and if it goes unmet then that party owes the Kay Yow Foundation $250 for head coaches and $100 for assistant coaches. If the challenge is answered then whoever issued the challenge owes the foundation $50 for head coaches and $25 for assistants. Student-athletes who are challenged and challenge other student-athletes contribute community service hours for the cause.
The Quinnipiac coaching staff was challenged by several people including Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti, Sacred Heart Assistant Coach William Ingersoll, Rider Head Coach Lynn Milligan, Canisius Assistant Coaches Nick Moore and Tara Fleming, Penn State Assistant Coach Chris Day, and Delaware Assistant Coach Tiara Malcom. Martucci's challenge was issued by Quinnipiac senior forward Samantha Guastella.
Now that the challenge has been completed, the women's basketball staff has issued its own challenges to Lafayette Head Coach Dianne Nolan, Connecticut College Head Coach Brian Wilson, Haverford College Head Coach Bobbi Morgan, Florida Southern College softball player Kelli Connors, Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey junior forward Nicole Brown, and Quinnipiac Women's Basketball senior guard Boo Abshire.
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 North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach. Kay Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. Before her death, she joined forces with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, 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.