Shockers raise money for cancer research in Play4Kay game

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- The Shockers realized Sunday was about more than just basketball.

Wichita State hosted the annual "Play4Kay" pink game to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Head Coach Keitha Adams said it was a special day.

"All of us have been impacted by cancer and lost loved ones," she said.

That includes Adams, who lost her father to a six-year battle with cancer. She shared the story with the team to help bring awareness to the disease.

"Pretty much everyone knows someone or has someone in their family that has dealt with it. Unfortunately, it affects all of us. We all know someone," she said.

Now the team can put a face to at least a handful of people affected. The women celebrated with 10 breast cancer survivors after the 53-42 win over SMU Sunday.

Two dollars from each ticket sold before the game were donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support breast cancer research. The team is also participating in a free throw contest to raise money. Fans can pledge any dollar amount for each free throw made by the entire team during the month of February.