TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — The Florida State men’s basketball team, which was picked to finish near the top of the ACC standings, begins their two-game exhibition season as it plays host to Barry University on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its annual game benefiting the Aubrey Boyd Foundation.
Admission and parking for the event are free. If you would like to make a contribution to the Aubrey Boyd Charitable Foundation, you are welcome to do so at the arena ticket office.
The game against Barry is being played to benefit the Aubrey Boyd Charitable Foundation marking the 19th 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.
“Aubrey is part of the fabric of our program,” said Hamilton. “He is the type of person we have worked to continue to bring into our program. He is one of the most courageous people I have ever met. His positive attitude towards life is contagious.”
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.