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Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic
All-star classic to spotlight top basketball talent
Stephen Wod, a 2006 SNHU grad, heads to the basket during the media night to promote the Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic, a charity basketball game, at Central High School, in Manchester, on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Current and former standout Granite State basketball players are preparing for the second annual Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic, which will be held in two weeks in honor of the former Southern New Hampshire University basketball player who died in a car accident two years ago.
Carey died Nov. 15, 2011, while driving home from Quebec City. At the time of his death, the man described by friends as a 6-foot-8 teddy bear with tattoos left behind a son, Brayden, a fiancee, his family and too many grieving friends to count.
Carey's father, Owen, said the community outpouring was overwhelming. He said SNHU held his son's funeral at the school's basketball court and that SNHU head coach Stan Spirou promised Brayden a full scholarship to the school, whether or not the now 2-year-old grows up to play basketball.
Owen Carey said he sees the All-Star Classic as a way to repay the community that supported his family after the tragedy.
"For us to be able to give back now is just tremendous," he said. "Our heart is that we want to do anything we can to give back for all the community has done for our family."
The All-Star Classic is scheduled to be played Aug. 2 at Manchester High School Central.
The Bonners plan to participate in the event, with Luke listed as a player and Matt, a participant in the NBA All-Star Game 3-point shootout, scheduled to participate in a 3-point shooting contest.