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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Coaches support Rutgers staffer's cause

By Diamond Leung

Rutgers director of basketball operations Jim Carr lost his two-year-old son, Brayden, in May after watching him battle seizures and medical conditions throughout his life. Brayden's story was an inspiration for a Rutgers team enduring a rebuilding season under first-year coach Mike Rice.

Now the coaching community is holding a clinic to benefit In Brayden's Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation, which hopes to provide opportunities for children with seizure conditions and support for their parents.

Rice, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Kansas coach Bill Self, former Rutgers assistant Jeff Van Gundy and Hall of Famers Larry Brown and Bob Hurley Sr. are scheduled to lecture at the event.

"The overwhelming support our family has received from the basketball community in the wake of Brayden's passing has been heartfelt and inspiring," Carr said in a statement. "We see an opportunity to help families dealing with similar challenges. It's important that we do not let this opportunity pass us by. Through support, donations and corporate partnership, our hope is that Brayden's smile shines on, his laugh is heard and his eyes are forever bright through the efforts of this very important foundation."

The Sept. 30 event should do a lot for the foundation put together by Carr and his wife, Natalie, who are now focused on honoring their son through good works.