Kevin Kettl, a former student-athlete at Bentley University, recently helped construct an outdoor basketball court in rural Rwanda. He named it after the late Joey Glynn who passed last June. Check the details below, courtesy of our friends at Shooting Touch.

“Although they never played a single minute together at Bentley University, Kevin Kettl still feels a strong connection to the late Joey Glynn, the former Bentley basketball player who tragically passed away during a recreation league game in Watertown in June  2013.  

The connection and impression that Glynn gave was so strong, Kettl — a Bentley student-athlete who graduated in 2012 — decided to name an outdoor court that he constructed in rural Rwanda, ‘Joey Glynn Court.’

Kettl says he knew Glynn for only a short time, but had a great deal of respect for him, and was deeply saddened by his death.

‘Although Joey started playing at Bentley after I had graduated, I still played pick-up ball with him, and you could just tell he was a special kid from the get-go,’ said Kettl. ‘He was tough, he never got out-worked, and he was humble at the same time — and I really admired him for that.’

Kettl is one of two local student-athletes who were awarded Sabbatical Grants by Boston based non-profit Shooting Touch, Inc. to work for 11 months with underserved youths in Rwanda. The other grantee is Stonehill College basketball star and graduate Priscilla Dodoo. 

Since October 2013, Kettl and Dodoo have coordinated the construction or renovation of 4 basketball courts, mobilized new youth basketball teams and leagues, held basketball clinics, and provided health and youth-development services to over 400 underserved young people in Rwanda.  

The all-new Joey Glynn Court is located in Nyamirama, a rural village in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. It is the first known basketball court in the region and introduces the sport to youths who have never picked up a ball.

‘Memorializing Joey in this way is really the least I could do,’ said Kettl. ‘Everything that Joey stood for is what we aim to teach at our basketball clinics. I hope that someday, this court will be filled with a bunch of Joey Glynns.’”