HARRELLS — Now in its 9th year, Harrells Christian Academy’s “Pink Out” fundraiser raised over $16,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Play4Kay program and honored local cancer victims and survivors in a special ceremony.
Within months of its formation to fight the disease that took the life of NC State’s beloved women’s basketball coach, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund began receiving committed support from Harrells Christian Academy. Since 2014, Harrells has been named a division winner, contributing more to the Play4Kay program than any high school in North Carolina.
The entire K-12 student body took part in this spectacular event, organized by student prefects and coaches at Harrells. Students competed for who could wear the most pink, and the JV and Varsity basketball teams played their hearts out on the court, surrounded by a whirlwind of balloons, a silent auction, and a special ceremony to honor cancer survivors in the community. A pie-your-teacher contest, a wear-the-pink-pig contest, and a 50-50 raffle rounded out the fundraiser.
“HCA did an outstanding job with their event as far as their fan and community participation,” said Chasity Melvin, the Fund’s Director of Communications and a player under Coach Kay Yow from 1994-98. “Their half-time celebration was one of the most moving I’ve ever seen,” she added. “We work primarily with colleges, and this high school’s work is an example to inspire them.”
Since 2007, the Kay Yow Play4Kay initiative has raised over $3 million in support of women’s cancer research and related projects. The initiative carries out Coach Yow’s vision to unite coaches, student-athletes and fans in the fight against women’s cancers.