BROOKINGS, S.D.—One coach wore a uniform with goggles and others T-shirts and shorts as the South Dakota State women’s basketball team took part in the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge Friday morning to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Jackrabbit head coach Aaron Johnston, associate head coach Mike Jewett, assistant coaches Katie Falco and Carissa Nord, director of basketball operations Haylie Linn and graduate assistant Alex Feeney accepted a challenge from former Jackrabbit and Wisconsin-Green Bay assistant coach Megan Vogel and had coolers of ice water dumped over their heads.
To continue the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge, Johnston challenged Summit League head coaches Chris Paul of Fort Wayne and JD Gravina of Western Illinois. Jewett called out Gina Johnson, head coach at the University of Dallas, Feeney called out Dave Krauth, head coach at Augustana College, Nord challenged University of Wisconsin-Superior head coach Don Mulhern and Falco called out Deb Remmerde-Leusink, assistant coach at Northwestern College.
#Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge is the brainchild of Arizona head coach Niya Butts, who posted a YouTube video earlier this month in which she challenged three individuals to follow her lead and have ice-cold water dumped on their heads, and if they accepted, she would donate $50 per challenger to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. If the challengers failed to complete the mission within 48 hours, each would have to donate $250 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Butts also had several of her players and assistant coaches take part in the event, with the challenge amounts modified for those groups. Assistant coaches would donate $25 for each completed challenge, and those who do not accept will owe $100. Players would owe two hours of community service for each completed challenge, while those players who don't fulfill the requirement will owe five hours of community service (rules can be found online).
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was founded Dec. 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake, former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow. Since inception, the foundation has raised more than $8 million, $3.8 million of which has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women's cancers thanks to the generosity and continued support of donors.
Donations to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund can be made online at https://donate.kayyow.com.