It was volleyball season for head coach John Kablick. Kablick founded the program at Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and led the Royals to four consecutive undefeated seasons, winning 65 straight games. And yet, despite his program's successes, he had never seen anything quite like Monica Wignot.
"Her freshman year, she comes in with a cast on her right arm, and she is right handed," Kablick said. "We had her on the court with the freshmen and first-year players. I'm standing there watching her hit left handed and she's outhitting most of the gym. We had some really good players and here's this freshman hitting with the wrong hand and just pounding the ball around the court. I remember thinking, `Well, in about two weeks she is going to be on the varsity squad,' which is pretty much unheard of."
The Pitt women's basketball coaching staff accepted the Cold Water Challenge that has been passed around the country. The women's basketball community buzz for the viral videos was spurred by Niya Butts the head coach at Arizona who decided it would make an entertaining fundraiser for the Kay Yow Foundation.
Women's basketball programs across the country have issued challenges to colleagues, coaches, players and more to get cold water poured on their heads and keep the movement moving forward - so far it is estimated the campaign has reached over 31 million people on Twitter. Suzie McConnell-Serio and her staff were challenged multiple times for the #Chillin4Charity movement and they accepted in emphatic fashion.
Kay Yow was a pioneer in the women's game, compiling more than 700 wins at N.C. State and eight times earning national coach of the year honors. She died of breast cancer in 2009 and her foundation - the Kay Yow Cancer Fund founded in 2007 - looks not only to fund cancer research but also aid coaches to enrich their lives by serving others. McConnell-Serio has a special connection with Coach Yow having played for her as a member of the gold-medal winning team in Barcelona in 1992.