Kaufusi Health Concerns Rallies Support From Utah

BYU's Alexis Kaufusi and Utah's Chelsea Bridgewater at rivalry game in Salt Lake City on Sat.

When student-athletes are faced with a challenge off the court, rallying forces come in from all corners to show support. BYU sophomore forward Alexis Kaufusi was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will miss the rest of the 2010-11 season.

Purple has become a part of the BYU uniform in support of Kaufusi, from her purple hoodie she wears on the bench to ribbons worn by the coaching staff.

In the Deseret Duel rivalry game at the Huntsman Center on Feb. 12, the University of Utah women’s basketball team showed its concern and support for Kaufusi by wearing a purple warm-up t-shirt that said “Hope Fight” and had her number on the back. Prior to the game, players also gave her a bouquet of roses and a gift.

The team, coaches, administration and the Kaufusi family were all moved by the generous outpouring of support and sportsmanship shown to Alexis.

The Cougar team will be wearing a white patch on their uniforms with Kaufusi’s initials, her number and a purple ribbon.

Several local media outlets have also recognized Utah’s act of kindness and sportsmanship.

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