RICHMOND, Ky. – With an NCAA Tournament appearance this past season, hitting the sixth most three-pointers in the nation in 2013-14, winning a school record 25 games the year before and a program-best 49 over the last two seasons, teams across the Ohio Valley Conference are certainly looking for a way to cool off head coach Jeff Neubauer and his Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team.
The Colonels dumped three coolers of ice cold water over Neubauer on Friday afternoon, but it had nothing to do with slowing the winning environment Neubauer has established at EKU.
Neubauer accepted the Cold Water Challenge for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Men’s and women’s basketball coaches around the country are challenging each other to be doused in ice water and donate to a great cause. Neubauer’s challenge came from Rob Senderoff, the head coach at Kent State University.
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.
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, their donation commitment is $50.
Neubauer issued Cold Water Challenges to Billy Donlon the head coach at Wright State University, Mike Jones the head coach at Radford University and Joe Mihalich the head coach at Hofstra University.