For Viola “Candy” Owens, the defibrillator mounted inside Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center is a bittersweet sight.
Rumph was Owens’ only son. He died after going into sudden cardiac arrest during a pick-up game of basketball at the Germantown facility in 2005.
To this day, Owens believes her son may have survived the attack had his heart been shocked by a defibrillator as rescue crews made their way to the center, but the building wasn’t equipped with the device.
This year, however, the device symbolizes the success of a nearly eight-year quest to place defibrillators in all 150 of the city’s recreation centers.
GLENSIDE, PA (Aug. 16, 2012) – Monday night saw the conclusion of the 7th Annual Danny Rumph Classic. Arcadia University played host for three of five days of great Philadelphia basketball. Alumni Gymnasium was live, packed and filled to capacity with more talent on the floor than the Kuch Center has ever seen.
The championship game of the double elimination tournament featured the two time defending champions Rumph Center versus ShowYaLove. Rumph Center featured former NBA player Ronald ‘Flip’ Murray and reigning tournament MVP Sharif Bray. Bray was the tournaments 8th leading scorer at 18.7 points per game and will also join the Arcadia Men’s Basketball staff as an assistant coach this upcoming season. ShowYaLove’s roster was highlighted by three NBA players: Marresse Speights (Memphis Grizzlies), Wayne Ellington (Memphis Grizzlies) and Dionte Christmas (Boston Celtics).