PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers Men’s Basketball will host an exhibition game against the University of Fairfield on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Jersey Mike’s Arena at 1 p.m., the team announced Friday.

In conjunction with Fairfield head coach Jay Young and Rutgers football legend Eric LeGrand, all net proceeds from the game will go to support the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Team LeGrand.

Both programs are thrilled to open the game to the public in support of this great cause. October 30 will mark the first time fans will get to see RU in action ahead of the season opener against Columbia at Jersey Mike’s Arena on November 7.

“We are thrilled to be working with Coach Young and the Fairfield Men’s Basketball Program on such a great initiative started by a Rutgers legend supporting the LeGrand Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation team,” the head coach said. from Rutgers. Steve Pikiell said. “Not only do we have the opportunity to prepare for the highly anticipated 2022-23 season against great competition, but both communities will come together to support a cause close to our hearts on October 30.”

“We are proud to partner with Rutgers Men’s Basketball in support of Team LeGrand and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” Young said. “Eric’s journey is a story of courage and perseverance, and he is truly an inspiration to all. We are proud to support the work of the LeGrand team in discovering treatments and cures for spinal cord injury. I want to thank Coach Pikiell for giving us the opportunity to face a talented Rutgers team in a game for such a great cause.”

“Although I’ve been so lucky in my recovery process, there are so many people with spinal cord injuries who don’t have access to the proper resources,” LeGrand said. “By supporting Team LeGrand, I will be able to help all of these people on their journey to recovery, and together we can make Christopher Reeve’s dream of empty wheelchairs come true. I’m so excited to partner with the two men’s basketball programs and I’m grateful for putting on this amazing event.”

LeGrand, the former Rutgers University football player who suffered a spinal cord injury in a football game in October 2010, officially started Team LeGrand in 2013.
The mission of the LeGrand team is to help people living with a spinal cord injury and their families by supporting quality of life initiatives and emerging therapies. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.

Young worked as Pikiell’s assistant coach at Stony Brook University from 2005-2016 and is a former assistant coach at RU (2016-19) before taking the helm at Fairfield.


Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, September 22 on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can sit courtside at Jersey Mike’s Arena for the price of $52, the number LeGrand wore as a member of the Scarlet Knights football team for three seasons (2008-10).


Seating on the 100 level, including the concourse and ground box sections of Jersey Mike’s Arena, will be priced at $20 per ticket. General admission to the event is $5 and will only be available at the Jersey Mike’s Arena box office.



About the LeGrand Team


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s LeGrand Team helps people living with spinal cord injury and their families by supporting quality of life initiatives and emerging therapies that will lead us to the final zone – cures for SCI . For more information, please visit TeamLeGrand.org or call 800-225-0292.



About the Reeve Foundation


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to healing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet the Better Business Bureau’s 20 standards for charitable accountability and hold the BBB Charitable Seal. For more information, please visit our website at ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292