THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
Bo Kimble to address JU campus on Saturday and serve as women’s lacrosse honorary team captain
Former Loyola Marymount star basketball player Bo Kimble will be speaking at Jacksonville University on Saturday on behalf of his nonprofit organization, 44 for Life, which seeks to make automatic external defibrillators widely available and increase awareness and education about heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest.

The event, slated for Saturday at 1:30 p.m., will be at the Davis College of Business and is open to the public. Kimble, who’s visit was organized by the JU women’s lacrosse team, will then also serve as a Dolphin honorary captain for Sunday’s National Lacrosse Conference matchup at D.B. Milne Field against Longwood at noon.

“I am so excited to serve as an honorary game captain on Sunday,” Kimble said. “We are grateful for all the positive messages that are being spread regarding our cause to get AEDs in every school nation-wide.”

The JU women’s lacrosse team will be fundraising for Kimble’s 44 for Life foundation on Sunday as well. Fans attending the Longwood contest can make donations (cash or check) or log on to 44forlife.org for additional information.

Kimble, who led the nation in scoring at Loyola Marymount in 1990 by averaging 35.3 points per game, co-founded 44 for Life in memory of teammate Hank Gathers. Gathers collapsed and died of a heart-muscle disorder, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, during the West Coast Conference Tournament in 1990.

Kimble and fiancée Dr. Tamara Goode now travel extensively to provide education about cardiac arrest and prevention while also working to increase access to defibrillators. Part of its mission statement also includes “empowering people to save lives through the implementation of quality training programs in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use; promotion of medical screening; and fundraising and donation in AEDs.”

Loyola Marymount’s history-making fast-break offense was featured on ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary series, drawing the attention of the JU coaching staff to invite Kimble to campus. The Lions reached the Elite-8 in 1990 and the offense under then-coach Paul Westhead led Division I in scoring in 1988 (110.3 points per game), 1989 (112.5), and 1990 (122.4).

“Watching the 30-for-30 special about Bo and his team at LMU, it became clear that their style of play complemented the types of athletes that we have at Jacksonville University,” JU head coach Mindy McCord said. “A coach can draw many parallels between the sports of basketball and women’s lacrosse and the types of schools and athletic programs at Loyola Marymount and JU.

“The system was a natural fit and Bo’s team-first personality and fearlessness are great mentors for our young team.” JU is averaging 13.27 goals per game in starting 7-4 and 2-0 in conference play. Six players have already scored in double figures, led by freshman attacker Morgan Derner’s 29 goals. The Dolphins have scored 52 goals in the past three games.

“They are literally running the same system as we used to run at LMU, but in women’s lacrosse,” Kimble said. “Now I don’t know that much about lacrosse, but it’s pretty cool to think that our style of play is being used in different sports. If you put in the work and you are faster to the ball than you can do things that your opponents can’t.”

- By Brian Bohl