Winthrop announces public memorial for Adams

Winthrop will honor the memory of former men's basketball player De'Andre Adams with a Celebration of Life service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Winthrop Coliseum. Doors will open at 6:30.

Adams, who would have been a junior this year, was killed on May 16 in Atlanta from injuries he suffered in a single car accident near his home in Austell, Ga. A key reserve for the Eagles, the 20-year-old helped lead Winthrop to two Big South Conference titles, two appearances in the NCAA tournament, and a NCAA first-round victory over Notre Dame.

Plans to honor Adams during an on-campus ceremony were first announced by Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio during the funeral service in Atlanta. De'Andre's father, John Adams, along with other family members and friends will attend.

"I believe it is very important for our fans, our students and our community to have the opportunity to share in this service and be able to honor De'Andre's life and the contributions he has made to Winthrop University," said Winthrop basketball coach Randy Peele.

"I want to urge everyone in the Winthrop and Rock Hill communities to circle this date on their calendars. Hopefully it will be the most important thing in our community on Aug. 28 for all of us to come together and pay tribute to an outstanding young man who made such an impact on our university and our basketball program during his two years here."

Peele says this service will provide a great opportunity for the fans and the community to share the memories they have of Adams with his family and friends.

During the service, Winthrop officials will unveil a special tribute to Adams and a video presentation will salute his life and playing career.

Those in attendance will also learn how to contribute to the De'Andre Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established shortly after Adams' death to endow a $25,000 scholarship for a Winthrop basketball player.

"The most important thing that we can take from this memorial service, besides honoring De'Andre's life, is to really get involved with the fundraising efforts for the De'Andre Adams Memorial Scholarship," said Peele.