Daniel Eric Rumph II was born July 15, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Viola “Candy” Owens and Daniel E. Rumph Sr. He attended Parkway High School and throughout his young basketball career he played with Positive Image, and the Sonny Hill League. When he wasn’t at school or playing in a game he was working out at the Mallery Recreation Center (now the Daniel E. Rumph Rec Center).
Danny graduated from Parkway in 2001 and continued to pursue his academic and athletic career at Main Central Institute. In 2002 Danny was recruited by many major universities but it only took Danny one visit to Western Kentucky University (WKU) to know that this was where he wanted to be. Danny’s college basketball career was off to a great start playing in the NCAA tournament his freshman year. His charismatic personality made him well known and loved on campus as well as in the Bowling Green community. Unfortunately Danny’s basketball career at WKU would be cut short.
Early in May 2005 Danny was home in Philadelphia for a short visit before a team trip to Europe. On the evening of Mother’s day, Danny went to the gym for a pickup game with some friends. After hitting the game winning shot he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Unfortunately no one present was trained in CPR and there wasn’t an AED at the center. Either one could have potential saved his life. Danny died on the evening of May 8th from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at the young age of 21. Much like many of the victims of sudden cardia arrest, prior to the evening of Danny’s passing he exhibited no warning signs that anything was wrong. He was a healthy young man, with a bright future ahead of him.
The Daniel E. Rumph II foundation was founded in the memory of our dear friend; our commitment to honor Danny in continuing the education of this rare heart disease and for the benefit of everyone we may be able to help.