Clan banner acknowledges Terry Fox’s SFU legacy

December 10, 2014

On Dec. 6 at a home basketball game against Western Washington University, the Clan men’s basketball team raised a banner emblazoned with Terry Fox’s name and his retired No.4 to the West Gym rafters.

Fox was an SFU student and member of the junior varsity basketball team prior to losing his right leg to bone cancer in 1977 at the age of 18.

Three years later, in spring 1980, Fox began his Marathon of Hope, a journey that would ultimately raise more than $600 million worldwide for cancer research.

"We got an emotional lift from the ceremony, with the Fox Family honouring Terry, and a lot of energy from the crowd," says Clan head coach James Blake. "Our team played to the level of the competition tonight and our seniors stepped it up.

"I'm proud of our University for retiring Terry's No. 4 and I can't thank the Fox Family enough for enabling us to honour Terry's legacy as a basketball player at Simon Fraser."

On the night, the clan defeated WWU for the first time since 1998, winning 122-118.