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LHU hosts 12th annual Play For Brian tournament

PHOTO PROVIDED LHU students in the SPRT 335 community relations class with Brian Keefer.
PHOTO PROVIDED Brian and Steve Keefer and Ben Fortescue and his parents.

LOCK HAVEN — On Nov. 22, Lock Haven University sport administration students hosted the 12th annual Play For Brian tournament in the Student Recreation Center on campus.

17 teams and a total of 115 participants competed in three tournaments throughout the night in wallyball, dodgeball and wheelchair basketball.

Play For Brian is a fundraiser that began in the fall of 2008 to support the medical fund of LHU 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.

This year’s event, which has raised $5,600, benefited Keefer and Central Mountain High School freshman soccer player, Ben Fortescue and his family. On Sept. 6, Fortescue was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin lymphoma, which is treatable. Keefer and his father Steve made it back to The Haven for the event, along with Ben Fortescue and his parents.

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