April 8, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Head Coach Ed Cooley and the Providence College men's basketball team has had Donovan Lindo as an unofficial member of the team for the 2013-14 season. Lindo, a 14-year old boy, suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. This season, he travelled to a number of the team's road games, including the BIG EAST Tournament where he celebrated with the team after the Friars won.
The students of Elizabeth A. VanPatten's junior and senior Fundraising and Philanthropy class at Johnson & Wales University have developed a grassroots fundraising initiative to benefit Donovan and his medical costs.
On May 10, 2014, VanPatten's class will be holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Alumni Hall on the campus of Providence College in Lindo's honor. All forms to sign up for the tournament are located at the top of this page. The tournament will feature prizes for the winning teams, trophies, and raffle prizes.
Lindo was introduced to the Providence men's basketball team through the team's athletic trainer, Bryn VanPatten. Lindo's love of basketball made him an instant fit on the Friar team as he attended many of the team functions. His nickname is "The Purple Friar," after his favorite color, which is also the color for epilepsy awareness.
There will be black and purple wristbands for sale at the tournament for $5.00. The bands have the slogan "Dunks for Donovan." The class has also created a "Go Fund Me" account for Donovan's family. To donate or find out more on Donovan's story and the tournament, please click here.
All proceeds donated will go directly to Donovan's care. So far the website has raised $3,120 of its $10,000 goal.
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