Portraits in Courage: Kay Yow

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Portraits in Courage: Kay Yow

I know Phil Jackson. I know John Calipari. I know Coach K. I know Jimmy Valvano. Actually, I know the names of a lot of college and NBA coaches-past and present. But I am very sad to say I had never heard of Kay Yow until she passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 and everyone was talking about her.

And sadly, unless you were a follower of women's college basketball or live in North Carolina you probably had no idea who she was either. Not to say she didn't have a huge group of supporters and followers, because she did. But many that had heard her name were hard pressed to know who she was or where she coached.

Kay Yow was the head coach of the North Carolina State's women's basketball team for over 34 years.

Even more importantly, she had been battling against breast cancer-and winning-for over 20 years
Her amazing story has been an inspiration for us all.

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