Nov. 5, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's basketball team will play an exhibition game on Nov. 6 against Valdosta State with all of the proceeds from the game going to benefit the Aubry Boyd Fund.
Boyd, a four-year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, was injured in 1995 during a pick-up football game and is paralyzed from the neck down.
The game will be sponsored in a joint effort by the Department of Athletics at Florida State, the Tallahassee Democrat, Comcast Cable and Clear Channel Tallahassee.
A regular at most of Florida State's home games in the Donald L. Tucker Center, Boyd can always be found behind the Seminoles' bench cheering his team and his school to victory.
"Aubry is a dedicated supporter of our program," said Seminoles' Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. "He is at all of our games and lends his emotional support to our players regardless of the outcome or score of the games. He is an inspiration to our coaching staff as well as out players and we are overjoyed to be able to give back to a person who gives everything of himself to our program."
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. The Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as they defeated Southern California before losing to Indiana in the second round.
Four years after departing Florida State, Boyd was tragically injured in a pickup football game in Macon. While being tackled during the game, Boyd broke his fourth vertebrae in his neck, leaving him a paraplegic. The Aubry Boyd Fund was begun shortly after the accident by Seminole supporters Bob and Mary O'Neil and is now monitored by Leonard Hamilton, and the Florida State University Athletics Department remains committed to helping one of their own in times of need.
Admission for the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth. All seating will be general admission. Florida State students can show their FSU ID at the door for admission. Tickets will be available in advance at www.seminoles.com or over the phone by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.