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    #B1GCats Answer the #Chillin4Charity Challenge

    June 26, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – Members of the Northwestern women’s basketball team answered the #Chillin4Charity challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation. NU head coach Joe McKeown, assistant coach Allison Guth along with All-Big Ten honorees Nia Coffey and Maggie Lyon responded to challenges they had received from coaches and players throughout the country.

    The rules of #Chillin4Charity are as follows:

    -All parties have 48 hours from the release to answer the challenge
    -Please use the hashtags: #Chillin4Charity and #Play4Kay

    Head Coaches
    -Any coach that doesn't answer the challenge, owes the Kay Yow Foundation $250
    -For each coach that answers the challenge, the original challenger will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $50

    Assistant Coaches
    -Any coach that does not answer the challenge will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $100
    -For each coach that answers the challenge, each assistant will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $25

    -Any player that does not answer the challenge will owe five hours of community service
    -For each player that does answer the challenge, each player will owe two hours of community service

    Kay Yow Donation Information
    1. Make checks payable to: Kay Yow Cancer Fund and include the school and coach name in memo line. The foundation is a 501c3 and any donation will receive a letter of acknowledgment that can be used for tax purposes.
    2. Donate online at and include in the comments section school and coach.
    3. All donations will receive an acknowledgment letter that can be used for tax purposes.

    McKeown was challenged by former Northwestern assistant coach and current head coach at Stony Brook University, Caroline McCombs, along with former Wildcat Erin Dickerson, who is an assistant at Illinois State. McKeown decided to issue the challenge to two more with Northwestern ties; NU men’s basketball head coach Chris Collins and NU graduate, Michael Wilbon of ESPN.

    Guth’s challengers were Shimmy Gray-Miller of Nebraska, Bart Brooks from DePaul, Kelly Rotan, who worked with Guth at Yale and is now at Air Force, and Eric Thibault of the Washington Mystics. She in turn issued the challenge to Kathy Delaney-Smith from Harvard.

    Coffey was challenged by Kelsey Plum, who plays for Washington and was Coffey's teammate on USA Basketball, and issued a challenge to her own teammate, Maggie Lyon. Lyon then passed on the favor to fellow Big Ten guard Melissa Dixon of Iowa and Zahna Medley from TCU.

    Fellow Wildcats, including Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen, had the honor of dumping the water on their teammates and coaches. Members of the Northwestern Department of Athletics and Recreation also got in on the fun with representatives from compliance, administration, including NU Senior Women's Administrator Janna Blais, and men’s basketball assistant coaches Armon Gates, Patrick Baldwin and Brian James all helped out.

    Be sure to check out the video from the #Chillin4Charity Challenge and photo gallery.


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