North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance on Wednesday.
She was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer while coaching the Wolfpack during this year’s NCAA tournament.
Yow certainly personified perseverance last season, as she has for so long in her personal struggle against breast cancer — a struggle that was ongoing even when it seemed she had defeated the diseases (because she had projected so strongly outwardly). It is noteworthy — and I don’t quite know what to say about it — that she is following her former fellow NC State coach in being honored at the ESPYs for inspirational courage fighting cancer.
But I will say thank you and congratulations, Coach Yow!