Connecticut Sun Encourages Breast Health Awareness

Jasmine Thomas to Host Kicks4Kay Sneakerball

Uncasville, CT (July 14, 2022) – The Connecticut Sun will be hosting its Breast Health Awareness Day presented by Yale New Haven Health on Sunday, July 17 during its game against the Las Vegas Aces at 1:00 P.M. EST. The game will air on ABC.

Breast Health Awareness Day will be jam-packed with various events and opportunities for fans to come together and learn more about breast health, celebrate breast cancer survivors, win prizes and raffles, participate in auctions, and see an exciting matchup between two of the top three teams in the WNBA.

To commemorate the Sun’s fight for breast health awareness and to honor survivors of breast cancer, the Connecticut Sun has commissioned artist Wally Champ to design a pair of Moolah Kicks as part of the Sun’s Moolah Kicks for a Cause initiative that has been taking place all season long. The shoes will be auctioned off and its proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

As part of the Breast Health Awareness activities, Jasmine Thomas, who will be officially announced during the game as a Kay Yow Cancer Fund National Brand Ambassador, will be hosting a Kicks4Kay Sneakerball presented by Portal, following the Breast Health Awareness game at 7:00 P.M. EST at novelle at Mohegan Sun. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The event will be a party that celebrates diversity, inclusion and the work Jasmine is doing with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Furthermore, the event will include guest speakers; an online silent auction including donated items from WNBA and NBA players; and antipasto, dessert and a cash bar. Jasmine’s goal is to raise $50k to aid the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in its quest in awarding 15 $50k grants to underserved communities in the next 12 months. Attire for the event is creative black tie with fashionable sneakers.

“I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to host this Kicks4Kay Sneakerball to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Breast health awareness and cancer, in general, are issues that are very close to my heart; and to have the platform and ability to help fighters, survivors and families achieve some semblance of peace of mind through the wonderful work that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund does is truly special to me.” – Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun Captain

The following day, Thomas will be speaking to students at Quinnipiac University and Fairfield University, as part of Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Empowerment Tour. Through the tour, Thomas will be helping to educate, empower and equip the next generation of changemakers to take action that will change the narrative around cancer from the inside out.

“We are so honored to officially welcome Jasmine Thomas as a National Brand Ambassador for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” said Mandy Murphy, CEO of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. “Over the past few years, she has used her voice to support our efforts in the fight against all cancers affecting women and with her deep, personal connection to our mission, we could not be more thrilled to formalize our relationship in this role with her as an ambassador. We look forward to our heightened partnership that will no doubt impact the lives of women nationwide.”

Kicks4Kay Sneakerball Presented by Portal Event Details:

Date: Sunday, July 17

Time: Pink carpet starts at 6:00 P.M.; Event runs from 7:00-1:00 A.M. EST

Location: novelle at Mohegan Sun

Attire: Black tie creative with fashionable sneakers

Tickets: $35 entry or $50 for entry + a free drink –



*All proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake, Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding new an answer in the fight against ALL cancer affecting women through raising money for scientific research, providing access to quality cancer healthcare for underserved women, and unifying people for a common cause. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded $7.78 million in the fight against ALL cancers affecting women. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, or to donate, please visit

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