POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Three members of the Marist women’s basketball staff accepted the Kay Yow Foundation Cold Water Challenge, or #Chillin4Charity, on Monday. The Cold Water Challenge is an effort in which coaches and student-athletes around the country are challenging each other to be doused in ice water while also donating to the cause.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. The organization is named in honor of former North Carolina State Head Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow, who passed away in 2009 after facing her third bout with breast cancer.
Giorgis was challenged by John Olenowski, the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Manhattan College; Mark Miller, the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Holy Family; and Megan Gebbia, former Marist Women’s Basketball Assistant & Associate Head Coach from 2003-13 and Head Women’s Basketball Coach at American University. He went on to challenge the newly announced Marist Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Maker; Rich Ensor, the Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC); Jan Ross, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Oklahoma; as well as Bob Stoops, the Head Football Coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Kresge was challenged by ’08 Marist alum and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at American University, Nikki Flores, as well as Cori Chambers, an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Richmond and former Women’s Basketball Director of Operations at Marist. She went on to challenge former Marist player and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at American University, Emily Stallings (’11); Bashir Mason, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Wagner University; and Will Lanier, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Niagara and former Assistant Coach for the Marist men's program.
Challenged by Chanel Murchison, a Graduate Assistant for the women’s basketball program at John Carroll, Bryant accepted, and went on to call out Patrick Miller, the video coordinator at the University of Cincinnati.
The Cold Water Challenge for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was started by Niya Butts, the head women's coach at Arizona. Once challenged, head coaches have 48 hours to complete the dousing or else they must donate $250 to the cancer fund. If they complete the challenge within 48 hours, the challenging coach owes $50.
According to the Kay Yow Foundation, for assistant coaches, anyone who does not answer the challenges owes the Kay Yow Foundation $100, while assistant coaches who rise to the challenge, the challenging coach owes $25 to the Foundation.
Student-athletes participating in the challenge substituted community service hours for financial donations, with players donating two hours of community service for each video posted evidencing compliance with the challenge, while those who did not rise to the challenge were urged to commit five community service hours in lieu of taking the plunge.