CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – More than four decades after playing on VCU's first basketball team, one of the school's hall of famers is trying to get to the Final Four. It's not going to be easy! Len Creech had a stroke four years ago but that hasn't stopped him from cheering on his team. Now, his friends and family are trying to get him to Houston.
A neighbor and family member who wanted to do something nice for Creech started a Facebook page late Monday afternoon. It already has more than three hundred supporters. They are amazed by the response.
Hall of famer Len Creech is the only VCU player to score 2,000 points in his career and he's still got it. A stroke left him with mobility issues and unable to speak, but shooting hoops still brings a smile to his face. His daughter-in-law, Brenna, told NBC12 watching the team Creech was once a key member of make it to the Final Four has been emotional.
"I have teams that I follow but it's not the same," she said. "And I know that lots of people have teams that they follow but this is his team. He played for this team. He went to the school. He's a proud, proud alumni, a dedicated fan."
Creech and his son go to every home game and a few away matchups every year. So when the rams take on Butler, his family and friends want him there, as well.
"We know how much he's sacrificed over the years for us and so we know how much it would mean to him and we want just want to see him happy," Brenna said.
They started a Facebook page called "Get Len Creech to the Final Four in Houston." Total strangers have voiced their support. The Westin in Houston has even offered them complimentary hotel rooms.
Now, Creech needs plane and game tickets. We've contacted Continental Airlines and the university to see if they can help.
"It would be really great if we could at the end of the weekend show him the Facebook page and go 'look how many people love you and support you and wanted this to happen for you,'" said neighbor Carolyn Davidson.
We are still waiting to hear back from Continental and the university but if you want to help, check out the Facebook page here.