Celebration of life service scheduled for Monday at Hinkle Fieldhouse for former Butler star Joel Cornette

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18 Mar 2001: Joel Cornette #33 of the Butler Bulldog takes a layup against the Arizona Wildcats during the Second round of the NCAA Tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. The Arizona Wildcats defeat the Butler Bulldogs 73 - 52. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Allsport

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Butler University and the Indianapolis community will pause Monday to remember the life former Butler basketball star Joel Cornette.

Cornette, 35, died early Tuesday morning in Illinois. His family said he died of natural causes. A celebration of Cornette’s life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Doors will open to the public at 10:30 a.m.

Organizers said those who wish to attend can park in the main Hinkle Lot. Guests should use the parking garage next to Scotty’s Brewhouse if the lot becomes full. Attendees can enter through Gates 2 and 3.

Cornette played at Butler from 1999 through 2003. He and the Bulldogs appeared in three NCAA Tournaments and reached the Sweet 16 in 2003. He scored 1,100 career points (33rd in school history) and pulled down 712 rebounds (10th in school history). His 144 career blocks and .544 career field goal average rank among the Top 10 at Butler.

He spent a season as the team’s coordinator of basketball operations in 2006-2007. He later joined the University of Iowa coaching staff as an assistant to former Butler coach Todd Lickliter. Most recently, Cornette served as an NBPA-certified agent for pro basketball players.

The university announced Friday that a scholarship fund has been set up in Cornette’s memory:

The outpouring of support from those who knew Joel well and those who appreciated his true love for Butler has been remarkable. In partnership with the Cornette Family and as one of the ways to celebrate Joel’s legacy, Butler University has established the Joel Cornette Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarship support for future Butler Bulldogs.

Contributions in Joel’s honor may be made online at https://www.butler.edu/cornette or by check to Butler University Advancement, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Please reference “Joel Cornette Scholarship Fund” in the check memo or online designation field. Thank you for helping us honor Joel and provide support for future Bulldogs.

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