A young man with an infectious smile and personality. A happy-go-lucky young man. A fierce competitor. These are just some of the ways Rashad Carrington, 26, will be remembered by his friends, teammates, and family.
Carrington, formerly of Cedar Rapids, lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 380 and landed in a ditch near Highway 965 overpass on May 8, 2016. Carrington was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was pronounced dead.
A standout guard from Mount Mercy University, Carrington, who had previous play with the Houston LoneStar Strikers, joined the Cedar Valley CourtKings this spring. CBS writes, “Carrington played much bigger than his slight 5-foot-10-inch frame. He was a floor general, an athletic assassin that could carve up a defense like a samurai sword to a Thanksgiving turkey. He used charm to his advantage, flashing his infectious smile to opponents before elevating his game to an almost unguardable level.”
At Mount Mercy, Carrington shot 46.5% overall, had 82 rebounds, 62 assists, 41 steals and 1 block.
Mount Mercy announced Carrington’s passing and held a vigil in the chapel of Mercy for Carrington on Sunday afternoon.
Lamar Wall, a former teammate at Mount Mercy and the CourtKings, remembered his friend with only fond memories. “I’ve got nothing but great, great memories of Rashad. He’s my best friend. He touched a lot of people. That’s what he did.”
Alex Coleman, another former teammate, remarked, “He was the guy that made you feel like you could fly.”
CourtKings owner and general manager, Gary Rima said, “Rashad Carrington was our starting point guard and leader on and off the court….He made the team during open tryouts and he took on the leadership role immediately. He was respected and loved by his teammates. This is a devastating loss for our team.” (WCF Courier)
The home opener for the CourtKings is on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, 300 Jefferson St, Waterloo, IA.
In lieu of flowers, Carrington’s family has set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist with memorial costs: https://www.gofundme.com/237mb3w