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Yow-za! Coach Shares Faith at Own Funeral

You read that right. Through a pre-recorded video, N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who died last week, gave her testimony at her own funeral on Friday.

It's great to read the stories of faith and football preceding today's Super Bowl. But almost lost amid all those tales from Tampa is another remarkable story of sports and spirituality, this one out of a small town in North Carolina.

More than 6,000 people showed up in Cary, NC, Friday for the funeral of Kay Yow, who had been the women's basketball coach at N.C. State University for 34 seasons before losing a two-decade battle to breast cancer last week at the age of 66.

Yow, a Hall of Famer, won over 700 games and coached the 1988 U.S. Olympic women's team to a gold medal. But that's not why thousands flocked to her funeral. They came en masse because she had touched so many lives by her kindness and a deep Christian faith.

Yow deemed her faith the most important thing in her life, so it's no surprise that she would want the gospel message preached at her funeral. But what was a surprise was that she gave the message herself in this 25-minute video, a remarkable, moving farewell recorded ...

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