February 09, 2019
By: Cassie Schmidt
The Moravian College women’s and men’s basketball programs have been teaming up to do something special for the Bethlehem community as well as helping in the fight against breast cancer. The two programs hosted their annual Pink Zone Basketball Clinic which is apart of their “Pink Week” all leading up to their Pink Out / Play4Kay game this Saturday.
The Play4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research, on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Over the last 10 years Moravian has won the Play4Kay contest at the NCAA Division III level each season. The contest is used to reward participating programs for raising the most money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Since the inception in 2007, Play4Kay has raised over $3 million dollars to support women’s cancer research. The Greyhounds, in the last 10 seasons have raised a total of $134,810.
The Greyhounds Play4Kay week began on Sunday, February 3rd and features the Pink Zone Basketball Clinic on Thursday. The clinic is free, the programs just ask that you donate to the cause, as well as the opportunity to purchases t-shirts. The Alumni Game is at 11am Saturday the 9th, following that game, Moravian hosts Goucher College in a Landmark Conference showdown at 2pm in Johnston Hall where the teams will be sporting their all-pink jerseys. If you can’t make it to the game on Saturday you still have an opportunity to donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund right here through this link!
While each year the week, clinic and basketball games are special and continue to grow.. this year they added another aspect to the clinic. This week, February 7th, was National Girls and Women in Sports Day. A day dedicated to celebrating equality for girls and women who choose to pursue their athletic dreams. What better way to tie in breast cancer awareness and funding than to add in the celebration of women and their dreams and goals. The clinic itself had over 120 participants from grades 2nd through 12th. It was an absolute packed house in Johnston Hall filled with positivity, smiles and basketball.
You can check out my story of the Pink Zone Clinic tonight on our Lehigh Valley Sports Scene show at 5 & 5:30pm on Channel 2/502 HD!
Good luck to both the men and women this weekend in their Play4Kay games!