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FAU Men's Basketball Helps Raise Awareness for Muscular Dystrophy Research

Dec. 9, 2008

BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball program is teaming up with Darius Weems, the subject of the award-winning documentary "Darius Goes West," to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

Weems will attend FAU's men's basketball practice on Thursday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and serve as an honorary coach when the Owls play Southeast Louisiana University on Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Both events will take place at the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Proclaimed "a classic" by the Los Angeles Times, the inspirational film has won more than 25 festival awards worldwide. "Darius Goes West" is a movie about the power of friendship and commitment. As a youngster, Weems loved shooting hoops and dreamed of becoming a pro-basketball player. But by age 10, he developed Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, causing Weems to lose mobility and rely on a wheelchair to get around. In the film, 12 friends come together with one goal in mind - to give Weems a chance to see the world beyond the borders of Athens, Georgia where he resides.

FAU men's basketball student-athletes and coaches will attend a screening of "Darius Goes West" at Muvico Palace 20 Theaters in Boca Raton on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

All proceeds benefit Charley's Fund, a nonprofit foundation which supports Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.

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