University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has pledged for the third consecutive year to shave his head if Black Bear fans contribute $10,000 for women’s cancer research.

If the goal is reached, Barron will be bald following UMaine’s 'Play 4Kay game' with Binghamton University, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Sandra Kay Yow, the inspiration for 'Play 4Kay,' coached women’s basketball for 34 years at North Carolina State University and earned more than 700 wins during her 38-year collegiate coaching career. She died in Jan. 2009 during her third battle with breast cancer.

Coaches across the country raise breast cancer awareness and money for research with 'Play 4Kay.' Since 2007 more than $2.5 million has been raised. UMaine fans have contributed just shy of $17,000 to that total. In 2012, Barron shaved his head after fans donated $10,277. Last year, the Black Bear community raised $6,678.

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