This One’s For Rodney

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: December 17, 2008

DURHAM, N.C. — On Thursday night, the North Carolina Central University Department of Athletics will dedicate its home men’s basketball game versus rival Winston-Salem State University to Durham native and NBA standout Rodney Rogers in an effort to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation and research.

The game, which will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. ET inside NCCU’s McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium, will allow fans the opportunity to show their support of Rogers, who sustained severe injuries in a Nov. 28 accident.

In honor of Rogers and his jersey number 54, NCCU will donate 5.4 percent of the ticket sales generated during this rival contest to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where Rogers is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

“Rodney has been an ambassador for the Durham community and a supporter of NCCU Athletics,” said NCCU Athletics Director Ingrid Wicker-McCree. “He grew up on the campus as a young boy and always kept NCCU in his heart.”

“This is one way to show our gratitude and support of Rodney and to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation and research.”

The Hillside High School cheerleading squad, Hillside High School Alumni Band, and the Southern High School band have joined in as partners of this event as a show of support from the Durham community.

Shepherd Center specializes in the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neurological conditions. It is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

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