Rick Clancy, Clancy Lowry Ventures president and Kyle Lowry, vice president, marketers of FAMJUICETM, recently announced the company’s sponsorship of the Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation’s seventh annual “Save the Next Bright Star” basketball tournament to combat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young athletes.
This year’s tournament started on August 9 and concludes on August 13 at the Daniel E. Rumph Recreation Center, 100 E. Johnson St. in Germantown. The Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation was organized in 2005, in response to the tragic death of Western Kentucky University starting point guard Danny Rumph. Danny collapsed from a rare heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy during a pick-up game at a recreation center near his Philadelphia home. The recreation center, which now bears his name, had no automated external defibrillators (AED) or CPR-trained individuals on site.
“He died shooting the winning shot of the game. When I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it,” said Lowry, Toronto Raptors starting point guard. “Pledging FAMJUICE’s support so this won’t happen to other young players is one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.”
The “Save the Next Bright Star” Tournament helps raise funds to save the lives of young athletes who, like Danny, are unaware that they have (HCM). The disease, which has no warning symptoms, is often undetected until a fatal episode. To raise awareness of the disease, the organization provides screenings for young athletes and AEDs and CPR trainings to recreation centers throughout the Tri-State area.
Several changes made on Villanova coaching staff
Doug Martin, the associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Virginia, joins the Villanova basketball staff as an assistant coach. In addition, John Shackleton is the new strength coach for men’s and women’s basketball. He replaces Lon Record, who accepted a position at the University of Illinois earlier this summer.
Meanwhile, Doug West, who served two stints as a Wildcat assistant from 2007 to 2010 and 2011–12, is departing Villanova to pursue other opportunities. West is Villanova’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,037 points.
Martin joins the Wildcats after establishing himself as a rising coach at Paul VI High School in Virginia and with the AAU program, Team Takeover. Martin played collegiate basketball at UW-Green Bay for coach Dick Bennett from 1991 to 1995 and later served as an assistant coach for the LaCrosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball Association (1997–2000). He also played professionally in Australia and South America.
Shackleton is a former assistant strength coach at Villanova, who was part of the football strength staff during the summer following the Wildcats’ 2009 NCAA FCS championship campaign. He then went on to become an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh and Princeton University before returning to the Main Line this summer.
Penn State announces changes to 2012 football uniforms
When Penn State’s football team opens the season, the Nittany Lions will wear uniforms featuring a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse. Also, for the first time, the names of each football player will adorn their jersey in recognition of their resolve and dedication to the team and the school.
“The Penn State community stands with all victims of child abuse,” said acting athletic director David Joyner in a statement. “Coach Bill O’Brien and his football team made it clear they want to support victims and bring more awareness to this issue, which affects so many.”
“I’m proud that our players want to be part of the university’s efforts to help victims of child abuse,” O’Brien said. “We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.”
Coach O’Brien says after speaking with some members of the team, they made the decision together to add names to the uniforms. Players indicated the names on their jerseys also mean they will hold each other accountable to uphold the traditions of Penn State football, both on and off the field.
“We want our fans to know and recognize these young men,” O’Brien said. “They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I’m deeply committed to honoring Penn State’s traditions, while building a bright future for our football program.”
Penn State’s first game will be Sept. 1 against Ohio University at Beaver Stadium. The kickoff will be at noon.