MU women's coaches take on the cold water challenge for charity
HUNTINGTON -- Head coach Matt Daniel and the Marshall University women's basketball staff beat the heat Friday for a good cause.
Daniel and his assistant coaches accepted the Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge, a fundraiser for the Kay Yow Foundation. Daniel, Devrinn Paul, Caronica Randle and Tony Kemper took seats outside the Marshall Recreation Center and were doused with coolers of ice-cold water.
Yow, a former N.C. State University head coach and founding member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, passed away in 2009 after three bouts with breast cancer. The foundation has raised more than $8 million for research.
The charity fundraiser began June 9 when University of Arizona women's basketball coach Niya Butts issued a challenge to Pac-12 Conference coaches and the movement spread across the nation.
Daniel was challenged to participate by McNeese State coach Brooks Donald-Williams. In turn, Daniel issued a challenge to other women's basketball coaches in West Virginia.
"I am challenging every NCAA head coach in the state of West Virginia for us to have 100 percent participation and put our stamp on this great cause," Daniel said in a news release. "For every coach that accepts the challenge, I have to donate $25. For every coach that does not accept, that coach must donate $250 to the Kay Yow Foundation."
Coaches challenged by Daniel, including West Virginia University's Mike Carey, have until Wednesday to accept.
Paul passed her challenge to Western Kentucky University assistant coach Candyce Bingham while Randle made a challenge to University of Central Arkansas assistant coach Destinee Rogers.
Kemper didn't issue a challenge, but said he'll donate money to the cause.
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