Arizona to pay for funeral services of fallen player

  • Associated Press | September 30, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona will pay for the funeral and burial of women's basketball star Shawntinice Polk, an athletic department official said on Friday.

An NCAA bylaw allows the university to do so, senior associate athletic director Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose said.

The funeral will be held Sunday in the gymnasium at Hanford, Calif., High School, Polk's alma mater. The cost will be about $7,500, LaRose said.

The two-time all-conference center, who would have been a senior this season, collapsed and died at McKale Center on Monday. A pulmonary blood clot caused the death, according to Pima County medical examiner Eric Peters.

More than 1,000 attended a memorial service Wednesday night at McKale.

"It has been a tragic week," LaRose said. "Each day is different. We've moved from deep shock to overwhelming sadness to reality."

University president Peter Likins and Arizona women's coach Joan Bonvicini are scheduled to speak at the funeral. Among those expected to attend are the entire Arizona women's team, athletic director Jim Livengood and Arizona men's player Hassan Adams.

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