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Women’s Basketball Accepts Cold Water Challenge

Head coach Linda Cimino and her staff participates in #Chillin4Charity

June 25, 2014

Women’s Basketball Accepts Cold Water Challenge

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VESTAL, N.Y. – A cold water challenge in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund began trending on social media over the past two weeks, especially within the women’s basketball community. The Binghamton women’s basketball staff is the latest group of coaches to accept the challenge and complete the #Chillin4Charity.

“This is a cause and challenge that has swept the country,” head coach Linda Cimino said. “Anytime you can help raise money for breast cancer awareness, I’m all for it. It’s a cause that is near to my heart with my mother being a two-time breast cancer survivor. I’m just so proud and happy that we could be a part of this.”

#Chillin4Charity began last week at the University of Arizona, where head coach Niya Butts initiated the challenge to several other coaches in the Pac-12. She had a cooler of ice-cold water dumped on her and she called out others to follow suit. If they accepted her challenge, Butts would donate $50 per coach to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and coaches who didn’t accept the challenge would donate $250. Butts’ assistant coaches joined in the fun too, challenging fellow assistant coaches and donating $25 per coach that accepts and those who don’t accept will donate $100.

Cimino and assistant coaches Mike Leflar and Torey Northrup-Jones along with players Kim Albrecht, Kristin Ross and Gintare Surdokaite accepted the challenge and passed it on to others. The Bearcats’ third assistant coach Leah Truncale was also challenged and will be completing it while on vacation in Ireland.

Coach Cimino and the Binghamton staff were challenged by its America East counterparts at New Hampshire and head coach Maureen Magarity. Coach Cimino then offered the #Chillin4Charity challenge to Jean Burr from Brown University, Kim Barnes-Arico from Michigan University, Amy Huchthausen, the Commissioner of the America East and Tina Cervasio of MSG. Each of them will now have 48 hours to resond to coach Cimino’s challenge or donate $250 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. If each person coach Cimino called-out accepts her challenge she will donate $50 per person to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The challenge went viral and moved from the Pac-12 to women’s basketball programs across the country. #Chillin4Charity spread from women’s basketball to other sports and members of the media as well including ESPN’s Rece Davis.

Also joining the cold-water fun are women’s basketball players, who, instead of donating money, are giving their time in honor of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. For each player that accepts, a designated amount of community service will be completed.

As of last Friday over 400 Division I coaches have participated in the #Chillin4Charity challenge and raised nearly $12,000 in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The rules to the Cold Water Challenge are as followed:

- All parties have 48 hours from the release to answer the challenge.
- Use the hashtags #Chillin4Charity and #Play4Kay.
- Any head coach that does not answer the challenge will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $250.
- Any assistant coach that does not answer the challenge will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $100.
- Any student-athlete that does not answer the challenge will owe five hours of community service.
- For each head coach that answers the challenge, the original challenger will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $50.
- For each assistant coach that answers the challenge, each assistant will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $25.
- For each player that does answer the challenge, each UNH women’s basketball player will owe two hours of community service.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. Before her death, she joined forces with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers.

To learn more about Kay Yow Foundation or make a donation, please visit

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