Thousands Pay Tribute to N.C. Coach

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Family, friends and fans are remembering N.C. State Women's Basketball Coach, Kay Yow.

Students, staff and coaches were among the thousands who showed up to pay respects to Coach Yow.

More than 6,000 people filled Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, N.C Friday to celebrate the life of Coach Kay Yow, each with a personal story of how the 66-year-old made a difference.

"She was truly to me just such a fearless person because of the grounding that she had in her faith," said a family member of Yow.

"We named our daughter after her and I'm just really blessed that she'll have that to grow up in and we can try to raise her the way that Kay would have wanted us to," said family member, Melissa Yow.

"Without her, I might not be able to give love like I can, cause she taught me how to receive and now I can give it as well as I can receive it," Jason Yow said.

Kay Yow coached the U.S. Women's Basketball Team to Olympic Gold in 1988. The Hall of Famer won more than 700 games and coached at North Carolina State for more than 30 years.

But for her, the court was than just a place to play basketball. It is where she found her faith, shared her faith. And it inspired her to leave one final winning message after losing her battle with cancer.

"I have now a place in Heaven with Him, you are the people that are left here, and I just want to encourage you each of you to live for Him," she said as she she shared her faith one last time in a video pre-recorded a few years ago and played at her funeral.

"I would imagine frankly she wanted one final chance to challenge and impact all of our lives," said Dr. Stephen Davey of Colonial Baptist Church.

And one final chance to let her love for Christ shine, even in the funny ways some remember witnessing her faith on and off the court.

"Seven toddlers were following Kay in a circle, they were raising their fists and with voices as loud as possible, they were saying go big red," said Gregory Mitchell of cary Alliance Church.

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