Lock Haven University sport administration students will host the 11th annual Play For Brian tournament at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16 in the Student Recreation Center on the campus of LHU. Registration will begin at 7:30 p.m. and teams will compete in three tournaments throughout the night in wallyball, dodgeball and wheelchair basketball. Participants also will have the opportunity to play trivia during registration before the event begins.
Registration is $10 per person and there will be food and raffle prizes and the first 150 students will receive a T-shirt.
Play For Brian is a fundraiser that began in the fall of 2008 to support the medical fund of a Lock Haven University student, Brian Keefer, a health and physical education major and a member of the men’s track and field team. On July 1, 2008, Keefer suffered a spinal cord injury in a non-school related gymnastics accident that left him a quadriplegic.
The inaugural Play For Brian event was organized as a class project and raised $9,400 to help buy a wheelchair accessible van for Keefer, who took a full academic year off of school but later returned to LHU with his father and caregiver, Steve. The two lived in LHU’s Woolridge Hall lounge and Keefer graduated in May 2012. He plans to use his degree to work with other spinal cord injured patients in an aquatics program.
As in previous years, Keefer will return to The Haven for the event. This year’s event not only will benefit Keefer, but half of the proceeds will go to help Jersey Shore Area High School football player, Caleb Leone and his family, with medical costs. Leone took a hit to the head during football practice and suffered a severe brain injury, which has left him in a coma.
In 2011, Keefer became nationally known when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” transformed his home in York County and the lounge in LHU’s Woolridge Hall. Many members of the campus and local community worked for a week on the projects. The 2-hour special edition opened doors for Keefer all over the country. He became a motivational speaker, coached Paralympic volleyball, learned to scuba dive and coaches volleyball at his former high school.
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