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Steve McElvene's mother sits down with FOX 45 ahead of Flyers NCAA Tournament game

The team’s entire season has been dedicated to the late Steve McElvene, a former Flyer who died suddenly at his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, last May. (WKEF/WRGT)

INDIANAPOLIS (WKEF/WRGT) – The University of Dayton Flyers are getting ready to take the court for their first game in the 2017 NCAA tournament, but they’ll be out there without their big man.

The team’s entire season has been dedicated to the late Steve McElvene, a former Flyer who died suddenly at his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, last May.

UD will be taking the court in his home state, and the short two-hour drive made it possible for Steve’s mom to catch the team in action.

She said her son may not be on the court physically, but he’ll definitely be there in spirit.

“I think they’ll be playing even harder to, I have to say impress him,” Jenell Shoals said, “but it’s like they want to show him we can do this, we can do this.”

FOX 45’s Erik Elken sat down with Steve’s mom, and she told him what she’s planning on bringing with her to the tournament that the Flyers players said will lift their spirits during the game. You can catch that full interview on FOX 45 at 7 a.m. March 17.

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