KAY YOW / by Molly Schiot

Yow spent 34 years as the head coach at NC State, leading the Wolfpack to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances during that stretch. She also coached the 1988 Olympic team to a gold medal, and with 737 career wins, she is one of seven women’s coaches in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Her impact off the court was no less significant, and through the cancer research fund that she established in 2007 her legacy continues to touch people outside the world of basketball.“I feel like I had zero control over getting cancer, but I have 100 percent control over how I will respond to dealing with cancer. I’m battling an opponent, the greatest opponent, the greatest foe that I’ve battled. The home court of the archrival is nothing in comparison to this. Kay, don’t wallow in self pity. You know you will drown. It’s ok at moments to have some pity but swish your feet and get out. Just swish and get out.When life kicks you, let it kick you forward. Never let the urgent get in the way of the important.” #playforkay

Yow spent 34 years as the head coach at NC State, leading the Wolfpack to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances during that stretch. She also coached the 1988 Olympic team to a gold medal, and with 737 career wins, she is one of seven women’s coaches in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Her impact off the court was no less significant, and through the cancer research fund that she established in 2007 her legacy continues to touch people outside the world of basketball.“I feel like I had zero control over getting cancer, but I have 100 percent control over how I will respond to dealing with cancer. I’m battling an opponent, the greatest opponent, the greatest foe that I’ve battled. The home court of the archrival is nothing in comparison to this. Kay, don’t wallow in self pity. You know you will drown. It’s ok at moments to have some pity but swish your feet and get out. Just swish and get out.When life kicks you, let it kick you forward. Never let the urgent get in the way of the important.” #playforkay