TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s basketball team, which is the third winningest team in the ACC in the last three seasons, will play host to Rollins College in its first of two exhibition games on Wednesday Nov. 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be played to benefit the Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation marking the 10th 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.
The Aubry Boyd Charitable Foundation was started shortly after his accident in 1995 by Seminole supporters Bob and Mary O'Neil and is now monitored by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton.
Tickets for the benefit game are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. Youth tickets are priced for those 18 years and below while senior tickets are priced for those 50 years and over. As for all Florida State athletic events, students with a valid ID card will be admitted free. This game is included in ticket package for season ticket holders with part of the cost for season tickets being donated to the foundation.
Boyd, a four year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, was injured during a pick up football game in 1995 and was paralyzed from the neck down. 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.
“Throughout the years our players have made Aubry Boyd a part of our team just as he has made our players a part of his family,” said Hamilton. “He is one of our biggest supporters and is someone who we can always count on to be behind our bench cheering us on. This is a game that everyone in our program looks forward to every year.”
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 and later advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Southern California.
Florida State will play host to Mid-Continent University in its second exhibition game Nov. 9 at 7:00 before opening its regular season against North Florida at home on Nov. 12. Season tickets are available by logging onto seminoles.com and by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at (850) 644-1830.