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Basketball Joins National Play4Kay Cause

The LSU Eunice Lady Bengal Basketball team is proud to announce that they will be taking part in the 2013 Play4Kay campaign.

Play 4Kay is a week-long opportunity for a nation of teams to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. The official dates of the 2013 Play 4Kay campaign nationwide are Feb. 8-18, culminating with ESPN's Play 4Kay coverage on February 17 and 18.

The Lady Bengals' Play4Kay game will be on Feb. 9, when they host Baton Rouge Community College at 6 pm. Both teams will wear special shirts for the game, which will be available to purchase on game day, and donations will also be accepted for The Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

LSU Eunice supporters are encouraged to sign up and join the Lady Bengals' Play4Kay team by accessing this link. There, you can show your support and also can raise money or donate towards the team's overall donation that will go to the Play4Kay campaign and The Kay Yow Cancer Fund after the game.

"It's an honor for us to be able to participate in the Play4Kay campaign. This will be a great opportunity for us to raise some money for a great cause," LSU Eunice head coach Michael Bari said.

"This initiative hits home for me, as my wife had cancer and beat it. It will be a special day for us to honor those in the community," he added.

The Play4Kay campaign is organized by The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, who, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, is a 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.

Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.

With the creation of the Fund, Coach Yow hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need our support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Lady Bengals' Play4Kay game are still available by contacting LSU Eunice Sports Information Director Nick Phillips at or by calling (337) 305-0133.

February 5, 2013