Basketball player Sean Rooks screening another player, in black and white

DATE: July 15th, 2016

Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Endowment Established to Honor
Former UA Basketball Player Sean Rooks

The family of University of Arizona basketball great, Sean Rooks, has established an endowment fund to honor his legacy and support UA Black Alumni.

The UABA consists of graduates who come together to promote academic excellence among African American students at the University. Managed by UABA, funds from the endowment will provide scholarships to cover the costs of tuition, books, fees and more.

Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics

The endowment is a lasting tribute to Rooks and will provide support in perpetuity, helping current and future students focus on their studies and succeed at the UA.

At the UA, they called Rooks “Wookie.” Teammates and fans remember the 6-foot-10-inch Rooks as a bold, offensively gifted, low-post player. He was often described as artfully powerful and passionate about mastering the game he loved.

Lute Olson, who coached Rooks, said, “During his time at Arizona, he was always one of the most pleasant individuals to be around. His positivity was something I'll always remember.”

Rooks earned all-conference honors as a Wildcat his senior year and went on to play for several NBA teams from 1992 to 2004. Those who knew Rooks best say he used his skill to make others better, sharing an infectious and charismatic spirit.

This endowment is a memorial and an extension of Rooks’ life, but it also represents the cohesive culture of UA basketball itself. Rooks’ homecoming service reflected that culture. His former UA teammates traveled from across the country to pay their respects, including Sean Elliott, Jud Buechler, Joe Turner, Matt Muehlebach, Harvey Mason, Reggie Geary, and many other standouts from the years Rooks played at the UA.

Please support the Sean Rooks Memorial Endowment Fund.