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Concordia Readies For Jimmy Sayegh Game To Honor Former Basketball Player

Last year's Jimmy Sayegh ceremony at Concordia College in Bronxville.
Last year's Jimmy Sayegh ceremony at Concordia College in Bronxville. Video Credit: Ivan Marquez
Coach Brian Sondey, CACC Commissioner Dan Mara, Dr. Martin and Samia Sayegh, Athletics Director Ivan Marquez, and Concordia New York President, Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D. at the endowment agreement signing in Bronxville. Photo Credit: Avery Davis

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Concordia College men’s basketball team will honor the memory of a former player at the seventh annual Jimmy Sayegh Game this week.

Sayegh, a Scarsdale native that attended Edgemont High School, joined the Concordia basketball team in the fall of 2007, where he was a mainstay until he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2010.

Since his death, Concordia has hosted “The Jimmy Game” each year, raising money to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As of Tuesday, Nov. 15, more than $16,500 have been raised on behalf of the organization.

According to the fundraising page for the Jimmy Savegh game, the 6 foot 9 inch forward “successfully juggled his academics, athletics and health challenges diligently while enrolled in Concordia’s Biology program” before succumbing to cancer.

This summer, Concordia announced the Jimmy Sayegh Scholarship and Prize Fund, which was established by his parents, Martin and Samia. The scholarship is for “students that are in good standing in the biology program, demonstrate diligence, have a strong worth ethic and demonstrate Christian faith and leadership.” Priority is given to basketball players and student-athletes.

“The legacy of students like Jimmy epitomizes, in a premiere way, what ‘Small school. Big impact means,” Concordia President Rev. John Nunes stated.

Concordia will host the seventh annual Jimmy Sayegh Game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Meyer Athletic Center when they take on East Stroudsburg at home. There will be a ceremony hosted before the game that begins at 7:40 p.m.

“One of the best gifts, for still being alive, is having the great fortune of being part of a truly phenomenal moments that positively impact the welface, the maturing and the opportunities for our student athletes,” Concordia Athletic Director Ivan Marquez said. “Our Jimmy Games are a most wonderful contributor to our mission.”

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