Nov. 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team wraps up their two-game exhibition season as it plays host to Flagler College on Monday Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its annual game benefiting the Aubry Boyd Foundation. A donation of $5 will be accepted at the door with all proceeds going to Boyd – a Seminole basketball player from 1988-91.
Florida State students with a valid student ID will be admitted free to the game. Parking is free for the event in the Tucker Center Parking Lot.
The game against Flagler will be played to benefit the Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation marking the 12th consecutive year the Seminoles will help raise funds for Boyd who enjoyed a standout career for the Seminoles. He was injured during a pick-up football game and paralyzed from the neck down in 1995.
Boyd, a four year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, was injured in 1995. 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.
“This is one of the early season games that our players really look forward to,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Aubry is an inspiration to our players and the really enjoy seeing him throughout the season at many of our games.”
When Hamilton took over the Seminole program in 2002, he immediately reached out to Boyd, who he recruited as an assistant at Kentucky in the late 1980s. To make sure Boyd has what he needs, Hamilton monitors the Aubry Boyd Fund, which FSU contributes to by donating proceeds of exhibition 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, later advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Southern California.
Florida State’s game against Flagler will be a homecoming of sorts for Kyle Cregan, the Seminoles’ video coordinator and former Flagler basketball player. Cregan, a guard, played for the Saints from 2003-07. He played on two NAIA Tournament teams (2004 and 2005) and also played on the first team that began the transition period to NCAA Division II (2006-07). Cregan played in 58 career games with 18 starts.