Concordia Hosts 4th Annual Jimmy Sayegh Ceremony, Welcomes Eli

Bronxville, N.Y. – The Concordia College men's basketball team participated in the 4th Annual Jimmy Sayegh Game on Friday, Nov. 15th at 6 p.m. against Southern Conn. St. The evening honored Jimmy as well as introduced the Clippers' newest player, Eli.

Prior to tipoff Concordia dedicated the game to the mother of Jimmy Sayegh, whose life was cut too short when he lost his battle with cancer in the spring of 2010. Donations were collected during the game, and all the proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Jimmy's name.

In the fall of 2007 Jimmy Sayegh a friendly, courteous and hardworking young student-athlete from Scarsdale, N.Y. joined the men's basketball team at Concordia (N.Y.). As a 6-9 accomplished basketball player at nearby Edgemont H.S. Jimmy would not go unnoticed in the community and he did not disappoint. Through the spring of 2010, Jimmy successfully juggled his academics, athletics, and health challenges while enrolled in Concordia's Biology program.

Concordia Director of Athletics, Ivan Marquez, stated, "Jimmy's wonderful core values inspire us to honor him by raising funds for cancer research. In my 7 years as a survivor, a slew of new effective medications have been created because of the resources Jimmy helped us to acquire. As long as I am around we are going to honor Jimmy every year," reaffirmed Marquez.

Jimmy Ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1SxvK_r-mM

Also during the night the entire community was introduced to six-year old Eli, the newest teammate to the men's basketball team. Eli was given a #1 jersey as head coach Brian Sondey introduced him to a packed house. Eli was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of pediatric blood cancer. Team IMPACT, an organization that helps place children battling illness with college athletic programs, fostered a bond between Eli's family and the Clippers' program.

On September 21, 2013 Eli Schwartz of Stamford, Conn. signed his "ELI" to become a member of the Concordia College New York Men's Basketball Team. Eli is a hero on our team as he fights to recover from Pediatric Blood Cancer. Eli's scholarship as a member of our family is a lifetime contract. The Clippers support everyone who has been forced to deal with this horrible disease and we fight alongside those who fight to one day cure cancer.

Donations can be made in Jimmy's name to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to help support the fight against cancer. For more information about the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center please visit: http://www.mskcc.org/giving.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPO3rn2bmwU.