Oct. 27, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s basketball team opens its 2008-09 season as it plays host to the Eighth Annual Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation game Wednesday Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles will play host to LCC International University – a touring team from Lithuania.
The game is sponsored as a joint effort by the Florida State Department of Athletics, Seminole Boosters and the Tallahassee Democrat. An admission charge of $5 for adults and $3 for youth will be charged 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.
“Aubry Boyd is part of our family and always be part of our family,” said Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We consider him to be one of our biggest supporters and are happy to play this game to help him obtain the things he needs so he can continue to lead a productive life. Aubry’s enthusiasm for life is something he displays everyday and that enthusiasm is something that drives our team at all of our games.”
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.