We Love Lari Challenge
The University of Massachusetts has an athletic program like no other...We are like no other because the bond between us lasts a lifetime. One of us needs some help right now, so let's stand up as teammates and friends and do all that we can!
If you know UMass Basketball, then you should know the name Lari Ketner. He was a standout on the team and also spent some time in the NBA. He is now fighting a very tough battle off the court against cancer. Otherwise perfectly healthy, on August 28, 2013 at 36 years old, Lari was diagnosed with STAGE IV COLON CANCER.
Lari is recently married to his wife Aquarius and has custody of his two boys. He is very active in his community and his church. He is a man who relies heavily on faith and the power of prayer. He would rather prayers be sent, but let's take some of the financial burden off his family so that they can focus on faith and heeling.
"Refuse to Lose" has been the mantra of The University of Massachusetts Men's Basketball Team. A very important part of that team and of all UMass Athletics is a man named Bob Otrondo. He is the Strength and Conditioning Coach and has always been a source of support and motivation for all of his athletes, even staying in touch and challenging them years after graduation.
Here is his latest challenge...It is called the WE LOVE LARI CHALLENGE...He is challenging 100 people to give $100 to this fund. He is also challenging those to can not give $100 to give something, every donation helps.
Let's spread the word and beat this challenge!
Get registered quick! There are 23 spots available. Registration forms are available on location at New Haven MBC or email to sponsor a team and/or receive a registration form electronically.
Who will take home the trophy this year?
April 27, 2016
Special Thanks to the Ketner Family
The assistance the Dropping Dimes Foundation is able to provide to former American Basketball Association players and personnel is made possible by the generous donations of our supporters.
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge a recent special show of support from Mrs. Aquarius Ketner, wife of former NBA Pacer Lari Ketner.
Lari’s hard-fought battle with cancer ended with his passing at the age of 37 in October of 2014. The 6’10” UMass graduate was drafted in 1999 by the Chicago Bulls. After the Bulls, Ketner went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Indiana Pacers.
After learning about the Dropping Dimes Foundation, Aquarius was gracious enough to provide us with a donation of Lari’s shoes and suits, all in fantastic condition and ready to serve some former players in need very well. Clothing for former professional basketball players is hard to come by, and her donation helps to fill a void when it comes to much needed extra-large sized clothing and shoes.
This contribution from Aquarius will be used to assist former players in need and will represent a lasting legacy of kindness from she and Lari. Thank you.
Let us take some time to reflect on Lari and his beautiful contributions to us. We are all blessed to have known such a wonderful man. His life and love still lives within us.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARI!!
We Love You.
The Atlantic 10 Conference was amazing. UMass and the Atlantic 10 Conference staff truly honored the 2015 Legends in an admiral way.
Over these five days I have been blessed by such a wonderful group of people who were Lari's friends, and are now mine as well. Being able to spend an entire day with these legendary men gave me a sense of comfort and love.
As Lari's legacy continues to live on, he is still making an impact on us all.
MRS. AQUARIUS KETNER
I'm literally in tears. I am so thankful for love and prayers my family and I have received. This is truly a humbling act of kindness. I am overwhelmed by the amount affection. I never thought that my disease would bring so many GOOD people together for one cause. You all have truly been a blessing. People often tell I've been an inspiration to them. But it's you all who've inspired me. "Thank you" isn't enough to express how your actions have impacted my family and I. I pray Gid continues to bless you all! L.K. #4