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UMaine Coach Issues Play4Kay Head-Shaving Challenge

Richard Barron, the UMaine women’s basketball coach, announced recently he would shave his head bald if the community raises $10,000 for the Play4Kay initiative, which raises funds for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. If the goal is met, Barron will shave his head at center court following the Black Bears’ home game on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Yow was the N.C. State women’s basketball coach who died from breast cancer in 2009. Barron knew Yow and was an assistant coach at N.C. State in the two years after her death.

UMaine has already raised $3,055 – second-highest in the country so far out of around 200 teams – toward the goal. To donate, go to

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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