Football club relay to raise cash for charity in memory of killed Sheffield friends

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TWO Sheffield University students murdered in America will be remembered with a sports event.

Friends James Cooper, aged 24, from Warwick, and 25-year-old James Kouzaris, of Northampton, met at the university.

But they were murdered in Florida last year while on holiday. American Shawn Tyson, 16, was last month convicted of shooting the friends.

A national charity event is now raising money for anti-violence projects set up in their memory.

The 92 Club Relay asks sponsored runners, cyclists and any form of man-powered transport – such as unicycling, skateboarding and football dribbling – to visit a league football club and take part in processions.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to every football league ground in the country in the relay, which runs until the end of April and is expected to cover 2,200 miles. It calls at Sheffield United on Saturday, April 14, before runners and cyclists set off at 11am to Rotherham.

The following day, people will travel just over four miles from Rotherham to Sheffield Wednesday and 11 miles from the Owls’ ground to Barnsley.

University friends of the pair will be taking part.

Money raised is to boost the Always A Chance charity, which has been set up in the friends’ memory and aims to help prevent violent crime among young people.

n For details, visit www.92clubrelay.org.uk