The college basketball world is in mourning after the sudden death of the daughter of a college basketball coach.
Jayda Grant, the daughter of University of Dayton head basketball coach Anthony Grant, has died, according to a university and athletic department statement. She was just 20-years-old.
The joint statement issued by the university and the athletic department announced Jayda’s death:
“On behalf of the entire University of Dayton community, it is with devastating heartache we mourn the passing of Jayda Grant. We extend our deepest sympathies to Anthony, Chris, and their entire family. They have our unconditional love and support. We pray for their comfort and peace, and support their need for privacy during this period of immeasurable grief,” UD President Dr. Eric Spina and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said in the joint statement.
Jayda was a 2019 graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and was attending the University of Dayton, according to an obituary posted by HH Roberts Mortuary.
“Jayda enjoyed reading, writing, spending time with her dogs, and connecting with friends. She had a strong passion for social justice issues, whether in the US or abroad. She advocated for marginalized communities including the LGBTQ+. Jayda had a heart of gold and a deep love for those she held dear,” her obituary reads.
Jayda was a member of the track team during her freshman and sophomore years in 2020 and 2021. However, her biography noted she did not compete in the 2020 indoor season, and the 2020 outdoor and 2021 indoor seasons were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Her cause of death has not been announced.