The ACC Women’s Basketball tournament was played over the weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Former North Carolina State women basketball coach Kay Yow was on everyone’s mind.
Sandra Kay Yow, 66, died peacefully Saturday, January 24, 2009, after a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer.
Although Yow coached her team up until the very end, Yow’s legacy is the way she fought cancer — raising funds for research through the Kay Yow/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Cancer Fund and encouraging other sufferers — and her approach to coaching and life.
“Kay showed us how to handle one of the most difficult things, cancer, in the most dignified and courageous manner,” said Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer, a breast cancer survivor. “She taught us what it is to have real passion for the sport.”
I did not know Kay Yow personally, but it sounds like she had a lot in common with my childhood friend Gloria “Poochie” Moore.
Gloria Denise Moore McKiver (Poochie) passed away in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday, February 6, 2009 after her own battle with breast cancer. She too showed us how to handle one of the most difficult things, cancer, in the most dignified and courageous manner. Poochie also showed us how to face the inevitable-death with courage and dignity.
A very cheerful Poochie never complained and never explained.
Despite her own health issues, she was always there for people in need. This was especially true when it came to the children at her church and of course her family. Although she had older siblings, I remember her as being the anchor of the family.
Poochie did not coach basketball, but instead she was a banker who assisted all customers with an unforgettable smile.
Poochie along with her angelic spirit will certainly be missed on this earth for she was a one of a kind friend and an unsung “sheroe“.
By the way, Poochie’s only child Jerin McKiver is a student at N.C. State.
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