SATURDAY, APRIL 02, 2011
Bo Kimble visits JU and will serve as honorary captain for women’s lacrosse game on Sunday
Former Loyola Marymount star basketball player Bo Kimble addressed the JU women’s lacrosse team on Saturday, sharing athletic tips that helped him craft a NBA career while also discussing the goals 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.

A photo gallery of Kimble’s discussion at the Davis College of Business can be found by clicking the link on the webpage.

Kimble will serve as an honorary team captain for the Dolphins on Sunday when JU (8-4, 3-0) battles Longwood (8-3, 4-0) with sole possession of first place in the National Lacrosse Conference will be on the line. Game time at D.B. Milne Field is set for noon and fans can also catch the action through ASun.TV.

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).

- By Brian Bohl .