Bill Clinton Praises Kay Yow As Inspiration

Former President Bill Clinton says he admired former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow for the way she lived during her two-decade fight with cancer.

Clinton opened a talk at N.C. State on Monday by honoring Yow, who died Saturday at age 66.

The Hall of Fame coach was with N.C. State for 34 seasons and
coached a gold-winning U.S. Olympic team just a year after she was

But for many fans, she was best defined by her unwavering resolve while fighting breast cancer. She raised awareness and money for research and stayed with her team through the
debilitating effects of chemotherapy treatments.

Clinton said he's a fanatical basketball fan and "admired her enormously." Clinton, whose mother died of breast cancer, was in
Raleigh to speak about national and international policy.

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  • by StateFan Location: Wash., NC on Jan 27, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    R.I.P. Kay! You were truly one in a million!
  • by Path of a Diva Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 27, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    I am sorry to learn that Kay has passed on. She was a great inspiration to all women because of the fine fight she fought and I am deeply moved that a former president took out time to honor her. Kay rest in peace and to the family everyone that she touched was truly blessed.

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