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Jasper Howard Memorial Dedicated

The Jasper Howard Memorial was dedicated on Saturday.

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Nov. 2, 2014

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Connecticut community formally dedicated a memorial to the late Jasper Howards at Saturday's Homecoming game at Rentschler Field. It was an inspiring day as the Huskies topped UCF by a 37-29 score.

Funds for the statue were raised in a grassroots fashion with the efforts spearheaded by UConn supporters Dan and Lisa Lowry of Prospect, Conn. The lead gift for the memorial came from former UConn head football coach Randy Edsall, who was Howard's coach with the Huskies. Donations also came from former Husky student-athletes and fans from around the country.

Howard lost his life on October 18, 2009, hours after UConn had defeated Louisville at Rentschler Field on Homecoming. Howard recorded a career-high 11 tackles in the contest and a fumble recovery.

Over 30 members of the Howard family made the journey from Florida, including his mother and stepfather Joangela Howard and Henry Williams, his sisters Keyondra Duncombe and Jasmine Howard, his fiancée Daneisha Freeman and his daughter Ja'Miya Howard.

A strong number of Howard's teammates attened the game and two of his closest friends - Kashif Moore and Andre Dixon - took part in the unveiling ceremony.

Funds will continued to be raised for the Jasper T. Howard Endowed Scholarship Fund at UConn, which is presented annually to a cornerback on the Husky football team who best embodies the qualities of Howard.

For information on how to contribute to that fund, please visit http://s.uconn.edu/howardscholarship.
 

 

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