Oct. 25, 2009

Courtesy of Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. - Funeral and viewing information for University of Connecticut football student-athlete Jasper Howard, who passed away on Oct. 18, has been finalized. In addition, two funds have been established by the UConn Division of Athletics for those who wish to express their support.

The viewing will take place on Sunday, October 25 at the Richardson Funeral Home (305-634-4528) on 4500 NW 17th Avenue in Miami, Fla., from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Monday, October 26 at the New Birth Baptist Church (305-685-3700) on 2300 NW 135th Street in Miami, Fla., beginning at 11:00 a.m. Apostle Johnny L Kemp, Overseer and Presiding Bishop of MEC Ministries, Inc. will officiate.

The service will be streamed live at www.nbbcmiami.org. To view, select view live services and at the next page, select view the live broadcast via Streaming Faith.

The UConn team, coaches and staff will travel to the funeral via charter aircraft back and forth on Monday.

In the wake of the tragic loss of Howard, the University of Connecticut Division of Athletics has initiated two funds.

"The Jasper T. Howard Endowed Scholarship" will be annually awarded to a UConn football student-athlete who plays at the cornerback position and who best displays the outstanding leadership qualities which Jasper embodied.

Contributions to this scholarship are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the IRS.

Interested donors should make checks payable to "UConn Foundation-UCADF", indicate "Jasper T. Howard Scholarship" in the memo line, and direct gifts to:

Jasper T. Howard Scholarship c/o UConn Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 150430 Hartford, CT 06115-0430

"The Jasper Howard Fund" will assist Jasper's family with expenses such as funeral costs, travel to attend the memorial service and support for Jasper's soon-to-be-born child, in a manner consistent with NCAA guidelines.

Contributions to this fund are not tax deductible.

Interested donors should make checks payable to "Jasper Howard Fund" and direct gifts to:

Jasper Howard Fund c/o People's United Bank 2075 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT 06268

The University has been and is working closely with the NCAA to coordinate appropriate ways people can provide financial assistance to honor Jasper's memory. To be consistent with NCAA guidelines, contributions cannot be sent directly to the Howard family.

Information about a public memorial service will be forthcoming.

The University is grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and caring thoughts, and expresses thanks to all who have a desire to honor Jasper's memory through these two funds.