On Sunday 5th April, alumni teams from Leeds Carnegie and the MMU Eagles will meet for a charity fixture to celebrate and remember the life of a previous baller.
Last year, Nana Jumah, an American Footballer and Basketball Player for Carnegie, sadly and suddenly passed away after suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Syndrome whilst in a training session.
Nana’s brother Kwame currently plays for MMU Eagles, and between Nana’s friends and family, the decision was made to remember him in the best way possible. In order to raise money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) , both these teams are holding an American Football match in order to raise awareness of the growing risk of cardiac arrest in young people and to raise some money to donate to CRY to help them continue the work they do.
Carnegie Head Coach Paul Wake said “We all have fond memories of Nana at our programme. He was a very coachable young man, well-liked by the rest of the squad and coaches. We look to our alumni, many of who knew him and played alongside him, to play to their best effort in his memory.”
This was echoed by the match’s organiser and MMU alum Lewis Potts, mentioning that “After hearing the news of Nana’s passing, naturally myself and a few of the other Eagles alumni wanted to do whatever we could to be there Kwame. After hearing that Nana played for Leeds Met in his time there, I got in touch with Wakey immediately. Obviously, the best way to involve both Universities was to have a good old fashioned rumble. It’s amazing to see the American Football community pull together in such fashion, and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us so far in this process. Special thanks to Glenn Heezy for doing more than his fair share and keeping me sane throughout the whole process! Now all that’s left to do is get a load of people down on the day and raise a load of money for an amazing charity.”
The fixture is being held at Burnage Rugby Football Club, Stockport (full details below) and includes a number of activities, auctions and giveaways, all raising money for a truly wonderful cause. A percentage of the bar take will also be donated to charity. There is also a JustGiving page for donations should you not be able to attend and prize donations for the raffle are more than welcome.
Nana’s girlfriend had this to say: ‘I am overwhelmed to see how much Nana meant to those who knew him, and the impact he had on people’s lives. Through everyone’s support we can now help raise more awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions in the young and save the lives of those in similar situations. It’s great to see such incredible movements being made in Nanas name, and I am truly thankful for the efforts put in by those who knew him.”
Nana’s friends, family and colleagues would like to invite everyone down for a day to remember Nana, raise awareness and money for a leading charity that specifically deals with cardiac problems in young people, watch a good-spirited American football game and enjoy refreshments, activities and laughs afterwards.
Link to the Facebook event.
Fixture Address: Burnage RFC