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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with partner Sports Radio 66 WFAN New York, announced today that the first annual coaches clinic to benefit “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation” will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Notable hardwood mentors Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, John Calipari, Bill Self, Bob Hurley, Sr. and Mike Rice will lecture at the highly anticipated event.
“In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation” is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization established by Jim and Natalie Zeno Carr, parents of the late Brayden Carr, who passed away on May 10. The foundation has a fully volunteer staff. One hundred percent of its net proceeds go directly into a fund to provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure conditions, with or without motor delays from associated cerebral palsy, as well as to provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents.
Brayden was a courageous two-year old boy who battled seizures and resulting medical conditions most of his beautiful, but much too short, life. Out of tragedy, the Carr family dedicated their lives to honoring their son’s indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm for life through positive endeavors.
“The overwhelming support our family has received from the basketball community in the wake of Brayden’s passing has been heartfelt and inspiring,” said Jim. “We see an opportunity to help families dealing with similar challenges. It’s important that we do not let this opportunity pass us by. Through support, donations and corporate partnership, our hope is that Brayden’s smile shines on, his laugh is heard and his eyes are forever bright through the efforts of this very important foundation.”
Jim has called the BIG EAST Conference home for the past 13 years. He has been a staple in the Rutgers program, through various positions, and is currently the director of basketball operations for the Scarlet Knights. Natalie is a former athletic trainer, coach and school teacher.
The coaches confirmed to participate in the clinic boast resumes laden with accomplishments on the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A former Rutgers assistant, Van Gundy serves as a lead analyst for ABC and ESPN after working 11 years as an NBA coach with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. A native of Brooklyn, Brown is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and is the only coach to win both NCAA (Kansas, 1988) and NBA (Detroit, 2004) titles. Currently the head coach at the University of Kentucky, Calipari is a three-time national college coach of the year, who has taken three different schools to the Final Four. Self has won seven-straight Big 12 Championships at the University of Kansas and led the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA National Championship. Hurley, Sr. was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2010 and has led St. Anthony High School to a national record 26 state championships and four USA Today poll titles. Rice enters his second year coaching Rutgers after a successful tenure at Robert Morris University, where he was a two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year and twice led the Colonials to the NCAA tournament.
The clinic will run from 9 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 with a pre-event registration from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and a lunch break from 12:20-1:10 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A $150.00 donation fee per coach is required.
For additional information on the foundation and to register for the coaching clinic, please visit www.braydencarrfoundation.org.