Hank Gathers’ Family is just one of many families who have suffered from the tragedy of an HCM related death.
During his 1988–89 basketball season at Loyola Marymount, Hank Gathers became the second player in history to lead NCAA Division I in scoring and rebounding in the same season, averaging 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Loyola Marymount still holds the place in the NCAA record books for being involved in the five highest scoring games in Division I history.
On March 4th, 1990, within a crowded gymnasium and on televisions across the world, millions of people witnessed the unthinkable. This bright, talented, and incredibly strong athlete suddenly collapsed during a NCAA divisional basketball game. Hank Gathers died from HCM.
Kittim Sherrod was a senior and team captain of the Edison High School football team in New Jersey. He was all division, all county and all state wide receiver,
defensive back, punt returner, and MVP award winner. On April 30 2009, Kittim collapsed and died outside the school during a track practice. Kittim’s family including his grandmother Razeenah Walker and the coaches at Edison High School organized the Kittim Sherrod 1st Annual Heart to Heart Walk on May 5, 2010. The walk raised money for the Kittim Sherrod Football Scholarship and HCMA.
Kittim’s favorite quote: “There is no success without determination.”
Mickey Renaud was Captain of the Windsor Spitfires and a fifth round draft pick for the Calgary Flames before his sudden death on February 18, 2008 of HCM. The Windsor Spitfires retired his number # 18 the following day, with banner rising held on September 25, 2008. Renaud was the son of former NHL ice hockey defenseman Mark Renaud, who played for the Hartford Whalers and Buffalo Sabres from 1979-1985.
The Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy is an award in the Ontario Hockey League which is given to one team captain every year. The award was announced on February 4, 2009 at the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic hosted at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The recipient is, as described in the award, one that best exemplifies the character and commitment that Mickey Renaud displayed during his career with the Windsor Spitfires.