Women's Basketball to Host "Think Pink" Day

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Aril Bryant Play 4Kay The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team will support those fighting breast cancer and honor an alum who recently lost her life to the disease when it returns home to play McDaniel on Saturday, February 1.

The Mules will be running a “Think Pink” day, a national initiative of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association through the Play 4Kay Foundation. 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.

Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.5 million to support women’s cancer research.

To donate to the foundation, please visit the Mules’ team page by clicking here.

The event takes on added significance this year for Muhlenberg, which lost one of its own, Aril Bryant, last summer. A point guard for the Mules from 2002 to 2005, Bryant was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in April 2009.

Following the diagnosis, Bryant devoted considerable time and energy to supporting others with the disease and their families. Bryant helped raise thousands of dollars for cancer research and support through events such as the Tour de Pink, a 230-mile bike ride over four days.

“Survivors need to be active and visible, so that others can be uplifted during their own cancer journey, and one by one more people will join the fight,” Bryant wrote in an online journal in September 2010. “This is why I can’t stop thinking about what I can do next for the cancer community. My steps are small right now, but I believe it will lead to bigger things.”

In 2010, Bryant received the Scotty Wood Tournament Community Service Award. And following next Saturday’s game against McDaniel, one player from each team will receive the Aril Bryant Trophy for involvement in community service.

Adding to the day’s activities is an alumnae game scheduled for 11:30.