The NC State University College of Textiles was honored to design and have produced warm-up suits for the Third Annual Hoops for Hope Breast Cancer Awareness basketball game on Sunday, February 10, 2008. The game raises money for breast cancer research and this year over 900 schools are participating in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “Think Pink” program, an initiative unifying its members to assist in increasing funding and awareness for women’s cancers.
Blanton Godfrey, dean of the NC State College of Textiles, enlisted a team to work on the project. Dr. Cindy Istook, an associate professor, lead a team of three students, Katie McCree, Amy Quinn, and Ho Sun Lim to create the warm-up suits and have them produced in North Carolina. William Ivey Long, a 5 time Tony Award winning Broadway costume designer and a friend of the College inspired the design and helped in the creative process. Cotton Incorporated, Textile Clothing and Technology Corporation both in Cary, North Carolina and MJ Soffe in Fayetteville, North Carolina helped produce the garments.
“The College of Textiles at NC State is proud to be involved in a game that raises awareness of breast cancer and celebrates the lives of survivors. Kay Yow is a symbol of NC State, the state of North Carolina, and the nation and to be able to be a part of an event to raise money and awareness of this disease is quite an honor,” says Dean Blanton Godfrey.
Dr. Istook and the students incorporated the new logo of the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund on the jacket and pants and pink was used throughout the garment. Tying the logo to the garment was important to make people aware of the new cancer fund, so that they can help support the fight against breast cancer. William Ivey Long helped guide the team and inspired them through the creative process.
N.C. State started Hoops for Hope in 2006 after Coach Yow suffered a recurrence of her breast cancer. “Everyone on the team and staff is so excited about this project and I am personally overwhelmed by the College of Textiles interest,” says Coach Kay Yow.
Cotton Incorporated in Cary, NC donated 100% high-tech cotton fabric made with TransDRY™ technology developed by Cotton Incorporated. This fabric has never been used in a garment. The moisture management technology allows 100% cotton fabrics to transfer perspiration away from the body to the outside of the fabric where it can dry faster. It is this performance that inspired the name for the technology that Cotton Incorporated is marketing as TransDRY™ - meaning “transfers moisture, dries faster.” This technology provides the team with the softness and comfort of cotton and new level of moisture management that goes beyond man-made synthetic fibers that are usually used in these suits.
“When Dean Blanton Godfrey asked Cotton Incorporated to get involved in the development of 100% cotton warm-up suits for the Lady Wolfpack, we were delighted to have the opportunity. We developed a light weight double-knit fabric that has a double-layer effect and a very technical appearance using 100% cotton yarns. However, we felt compelled to go above and beyond their request and incorporate our latest high-tech moisture management innovation into the fabric that we are calling TransDRY™. This new innovation demonstrates better moisture management properties than man-made synthetic fabrics while providing the wearer with the positive attributes of cotton; it is natural, comfortable and breathable,” states Jim Grow, Director, Product Development, Cotton Incorporated.
Textile Clothing and Technology Corporation in Cary, North Carolina spent countless hours working on the development of the print design using digital printing. The twelve garments they produced will be used for display purposes and the individual looking at these garments will truly see the superior quality of a digital printed design.
MJ Soffe, in Fayetteville, NC cut screen printed, and sewed the garments. Teresa Jones, Director of Apparel Development and Manager of Intensity Athletic, MJ Soffe’s Team division brand worked on production of the warm-up suits with Dr. Cindy Istook and the students. The Intensity Athletic division provides practice and on-the-court basketball uniforms as well as uniforms for football, baseball, and softball.
“This has been both exciting and challenging for me. I really enjoy working on a project that benefits such a worthy cause. It gives it a totally different meaning,” says Teresa Jones, MJ Soffe.
The result on Sunday was a court full of encouragement, awareness, and high-tech cotton pink and white warm-up suits produced in North Carolina, worn by a team that shows a lot of strength. That strength they get from their coach, Kay Yow.