Kay Yow Naismith Coaches Circle Legacy

Kay Yow - Hall of Fame Coach


We are thrilled to make you aware of an opportunity to honor NC State’s Kay Yow at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.  With the Yow Family’s full endorsement, we are working with the Hall of Fame to raise $75,000 and honor Kay as part of the Hall’s Naismith Coaches Circle program.  

We both admired and loved Kay and have personally contributed to this effort.  If we can raise the minimum of $75,000 by June 1, the Hall of Fame will feature a granite bench dedicated to Coach Yow within their Coaches Circle Courtyard in time for this year’s dedication on August 12.  Please join us in honoring her legacy.  

With your help, Kay will join other participants in the Naismith Coaches Circle Program such as Jody Conradt, Sylvia Hatchell, Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, C. Vivian Stringer, Pat Summitt, John Thompson, Dick Vitale, Roy Williams, John Wooden, and others as well as be positioned adjacent to Coach Valvano’s.



Some key information about the Naismith Coaches Circle Program:

  •  The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame developed the Naismith Coaches Circle program to honor Dr. James Naismith and promote the core values he used when he invented the game.
  • The program allows individuals the opportunity to make a dedication and acknowledge coaches like Coach Young for his inspirational teaching, coaching and mentorship.

The Coaches Circle program exhibits include:

  • Inclusion in the Interior Display – an interactive video that provides guests some insight into Coach Young’s teaching, philosophies and charitable work as part of the Coaches Circle museum exhibit.
  • Addition to the Exterior Display located in the Coaches Circle Courtyard – will feature a granite bench dedicated to Coach as part of a courtyard that includes a statue of Dr. Naismith and the accompanying granite benches.

Donors at all levels are being recognized in a digital registry at the Basketball Hall of Fame as a Naismith Coaches Circle contributor.  Additionally, anyone who makes a gift of at least $10,000 will have the opportunity to include their name on the engraved granite bench.

The Hall of Fame is a 501c3 organization so your donation will qualify for a tax deduction. Lastly, the Hall of Fame has offered donors the ability to split their donation payments over a period of up to five years. We are excited about the possibility of including Coach Young in the Coaches Circle.

If you have any questions or would like to help us in this endeavor, please contact us.  If you have any questions about the program or need further information to make your gift,  please contact  Scott Zuffelato or Robin Vidito in the Development Office at the Hall of Fame. 

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.


Peaches Blank                             Becky Bumgardner                

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If you prefer to make your gift offline, by check, wire or stock transfer - click here to download the  2023 NCC Yow Gift Intention Form.pdf