The Pantry Kicks Off Battle for Kay's Cup Challenge

RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C. -- The Pantry Inc., operator of c-store chain Kangaroo Express, kicked off the Battle for Kay's Cup, a challenge among Triangle-area high school girls' basketball teams to help the Kay Yow Cancer Fund take the lead in the "Battle for Bean Street" and win an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 ACC Women's Basketball Championship, dBusinessNews reported.

The challenge runs through April 1 with Triangle-area Kangaroo Express locations offering NC State University, University of North Carolina and Duke-University branded Bean Street Coffee cups that can be filled with Bean Street Coffee, hot chocolate and other hot beverages -- for every branded cup purchased the respective university scores a point towards the team's total. According to the news outlet, the university with the most points by the end of the challenge will be crowned Battle for Bean Street Champions and earn a prize donation to its charity of choice in the amount of $20,000 from Kangaroo Express.

For the beneficiaries of the Battle for Bean Street, NC State chose the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, UNC chose UNC Build a Block and Duke selected the Duke Cancer Institute. Each of the three charities involved will receive a minimum $5,000 donation from Kangaroo Express, the news outlet stated.

Battle for Kay's Cups is a sub-competition for Triangle high schools. The girls' basketball team whose school collects the most NC State-branded battle cups between Feb 1, and Feb 28 will win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2011 ACC Women’s Basketball Championship on March 6 in Greensboro, N.C. The trip includes tickets to the championship game, tickets to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund's pre-game brunch, gas for the trip, and snacks at a Kangaroo Express pit stop, dBusinessNews reported.

In addition to the competition, students may also compete for the most innovative display of the NC State battle cups. The displays will be judged on March 1 by Kangaroo Express staff and the winning girl's basketball team will receive a $150 Kangaroo Express gift card and a $150 Subway gift card, according to the news outlet.

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