Randy Edsall provides 'lead gift' for memorial in honor of ex-UConn player

September 30, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

The University of Connecticut has completed fundraising for a memorial in honor of former Huskies cornerback Jasper Howard, who was killed at an on-campus dance in 2009.

The “lead gift” for the memorial came from Maryland's Randy Edsall, who was Howard’s coach at Connecticut.

“Jasper Howard represented everything that is good about college athletics,” Edsall said in a statement released by Connecticut. “He loved being a student-athlete at UConn. His tragic death had a bonding reaction with the entire UConn community that none of us will ever forget for the rest of our lives.”

Former Connecticut players, as well as Huskies fans from around the country, contributed towards constructing the statue as well.

“I want to thank everyone in the UConn family who made this memorial to the life of Jasper a reality,” Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel said. “I especially want to recognize our friends Dan and Lisa Lowry, who came up with the concept for the memorial and worked tirelessly to raise the funds that will make it possible. In addition, we are very grateful to Randy Edsall and his family for their generosity towards this project.”

The statue will be unveiled during halftime of Connecticut’s homecoming game vs. Central Florida Nov. 1.

“The support shown by the UConn community has been heartening,” said Joshua Newton, president and CEO of the University of Connecticut Foundation. “People often turn to philanthropy to remember and honor those we lose too early.”

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