Eric LeGrand 'believe' fund established

Updated: October 23, 2010, 9:32 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

Rutgers University announced on Friday that the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund" has been set up to assist Eric LeGrand and his family.

LeGrand, a junior defensive tackle from Avenel, N.J., suffered a spinal cord injury in Rutgers' game last Saturday versus Army, and is currently paralyzed from the neck down.

"This is a situation where the entire world of people that want to support Eric LeGrand and his family will be able to do so," Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said Friday evening on a conference call with reporters.

Pernetti said he visited with LeGrand at the hospital earlier in the day on Friday.

"He was in good spirits," Pernetti said. "We had a conversation about the game [against Pittsburgh on Saturday], and he was in good spirits."

However, when asked if he had any updates on LeGrand's condition, Pernetti said he had none.

"As there are updates, we will make them available," Pernetti said.

Contributions can be made by sending a check to the following address. Please make the check payable to the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund":

"Eric LeGrand Believe Fund"
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Adviser
One Palmer Square, Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542

Contributions to the fund are not tax-deductible, and all proceeds will go to the family.

Kieran Darcy is a staff writer for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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