BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In an unusual move, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined with Erie Community College President Jack Quinn Thursday to appeal to the public for donations to support a local student athlete.
Crystle Marion, age 21, has been selected to compete in the 2014 Under-21 World Deaf Basketball Championships this summer in Turkey and needs to raise $3,000 for airfare and hotel.
Marion was recruited and selected to play for the USA Deaf Olympics Basketball team, according to Mayor Brown’s office. She is the the second leading scorer for the ECC Women’s Basketball team and has won several awards and a senior athletic scholarship. A criminal justice major, Marion plans to continue her education at Rochester Institute of Technology and play for the Women’s Basketball team.
Quinn calls Marion “a shining example of the best of this college.”
Mayor Brown said, “I’ve known Crystle since her winning days on the basketball court at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. I am confident she will contribute and play hard to win in Turkey.”
Both Quinn and Brown appealed for contributions to Marion’s fundraising drive to pay for her travel and accommodations at the competition in Samsun, Turkey, July 4 through 12. Mayor Brown kicked off the drive with a $250 match donation with ECC.
An account has been set up at First Niagara Bank under Marion’s name. Checks should be made payable to: 2014 U21 World Deaf Basketball Championship. Donations may also be made to: http://www.gofundme.com/85wquk