LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State women’s basketball assistant coaches Tamara Inoue, Cecilia Russell-Nava and Aarika Hughes were soaked with a cooler of ice cold water for the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The foundation helps raise awareness for breast cancer and funds research.
Russell-Nava was called out by former NM State and current Colorado State assistant Brooke Atkinson. Hughes was challenged by Kevin Morrison, associate head coach at Washington. Inoue was called out by three coaches: J.R. Payne, head women’s basketball coach at Santa Clara, Joe Teramoto, assistant coach at UC Davis and Julie Shaw, head coach at University of La Verne.
Coaches around the country are calling out their peers to participate with $50 going to the foundation for each head coach and $25 for each assistant. If a coach chooses not to take the challenge, they should donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. If the selected coach does rise to the challenge, the coach who called on them should donate the money.
Inoue called on Alli Mollet, assistant coach at Chico State, Lindsey Foster, assistant coach at Cal State Northridge and Dr. Carmen Rodgers, Director of Academic Services at NM State to continue #Chillin4Charity. Hughes challenged Emily Roberts, assistant coach at Elon University, NM State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph and Aggie cross country/Track and Field assistant coach Adriana Osorino. Russell-Nava extended the challenge to Jamie Shadian, former Aggie assistant and current assistant coach at Northern Arizona along with NM State assistant softball coach Tiala Tagaloa and Tricia Wright, Director for Player Development for NM State volleyball.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was named for the former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009 after facing her third bout with the disease. Since its inception, the fund has raised $8 million and allocated $3.8 million for women’s cancer research.
Donations to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund can be made online at https://donate.kayyow.com.