Oct. 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team opens its 2009-10 season as it plays host to the Ninth Annual Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation game Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles will play host to Delta State University – the 21st ranked NCAA Division II team that is selected to win the Gulf South Conference.
The game is sponsored as a joint effort by the Florida State Department of Athletics, Seminole Boosters and Clear Channel Radio. A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for youth is asked with all proceeds from the game going to the Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation. Florida State students will be admitted free with a valid FSU student ID.
Boyd, a four year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, was injured during a pick up football game in 1995 and was paralyzed from the neck down. In the accident Boyd broke the fourth vertebrate in his neck, leaving him a paraplegic.
A regular at most of Florida State’s home basketball games at the Tucker Center, Boyd can often be found behind the Seminole’s bench cheering his team and school to victory.
“We are very happy to play this game for Aubry Boyd, who is part of our basketball family,” said eighth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Our players all know and love Aubry and are very thankful for his loyalty and continued support. His enthusiasm for life is something we try to teach to our players throughout their careers.”
Boyd signed with the Seminoles as a highly touted recruit from Southwest High School in Macon, Ga. and made an immediate impact on the court for Florida State. From 1988-91, Boyd appeared in 116 games and averaged 6.7 points per game during the 1990-91 season. Boyd’s Senior year, he started 31 of 32 games and averaged 11.8 points per game as the Seminoles cruised to a 21-11 record and won the Metro Conference Championship and later advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Southern California.
The Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation was started shortly after his accident in 1995 by Seminole supporters Bob and Mary O’Neil and is now monitored by Leonard Hamilton.
Don’t be on the outside looking in when ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton leads a loaded Seminole squad this season with returning starters Ryan Reid, Wooden Award candidate Solomon Alabi, Chris Singleton and Derwin Kitchen
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