Hoops for Hope Charity Game to be televised live on FOX Sports West
OCT 26, 2012 2:03p ET
Each team participating will consist of six local female basketball players and ten "celebrity” players and coaches. Ninety percent of the proceeds, including ticket sales, apparel, concessions, raffles, contests, sponsorships, silent auction, etc. go to the WEPAC Alliance, a local foundation that pays for cancer-preventive care (digital mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies) for women in five Kansas communities: Wilmore, Englewood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund ®. The WEPAC Alliance hopes to raise funds over $40,000 during this year’s event.
“To date, over $120,000 has been raised, which has been used to help pay for over 750 cancer-preventive screenings. In the last eighteen months, these screenings have led to at least nine cancer diagnoses,” said Benjamin Anderson, Ashland Health Center CEO and WEPAC Board Advisor. “This is more than a cause. In these rural communities, the women being screened have names and faces; they have families who love them. These screenings are saving their lives.”
Celebrity players/coaches for the 2012 game include these WNBA players and previous college players:
Billie Moore – UCLA, First USA Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame;
Pam McGee (WNBA) – University of Southern California, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame;
Valerie Still (WNBA) – University of Kentucky, UK All-Time Leading Scorer;
Jackie Stiles (WNBA) – Missouri State University; NCAA All-Time Leading Scorer;
Lyndsey Meddars-Fennelly – Iowa State University; 2-Time Big 12 Player of the Year;
Edna Campbell (WNBA) – University of Texas, Breast Cancer Survivor;
Marion Jones (WNBA) – University of North Carolina, Olympian;
Katie Smith (WNBA) – Ohio State University, Olympian;
Shanna Zolman (WNBA) – University of Tennessee;
Helen Darling (WNBA) – Pennsylvania State University;
Kayla Herd – Kansas State University;
Emma Ostermann, Jalana Childs, Marlies Gipson, and Kayla Herd – Kansas State University;
Melissa Jones – Baylor University;
Morgan Boyd – Wichita State University;
Ivana Catic and Sade Morris – University of Kansas;
Anna Florzak – Iowa State University;
Jamie Cavey – University of Iowa;
Jamie McVey – Central Christian College
Debbie Antonelli and Brenda Vanlengen, two nationally recognized television analysts have agreed to call the game.
More information about Hoops for Hope and the WEPAC Alliance can be found at www.wepacthehouse.org or by viewing this video.
About WEPAC Alliance:
The WEPAC Alliance is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing resources and education to encourage women in Wilmore, Englewood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater, Kansas to take active responsibility for their health. It combines the resources of Ashland Health Center and Comanche County Hospital to meet the collective health care needs of the women in their hospital districts.
About Kay Yow Cancer Fund®:
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund® is a 501c(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. The fund honors Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on Jan. 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.