RIP: Kent Bell, UNF Athletics scoreboard operator

Joslyn Simmons

Bell operated the scoreboard for UNF Athletics for nearly 18 years. Photo courtesy of North Florida Ospreys via Lance Hunt
Bell operated the scoreboard for UNF Athletics for nearly 18 years.
Photo courtesy of North Florida Ospreys via Lance Hunt

UNF Athletics scoreboard operator Kent Bell passed away Dec. 8, confirmed Athletics Director of Communications Brian Morgan. Bell was 50 years old.

Bell was born with no arms or legs. He was an avid sports fan, and has been operating the scoreboard for UNF Athletics for nearly 18 years. He could often be seen riding in his motorized wheelchair around the UNF Arena.

Bell wrote a memoir called Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either detailing how he lived with his disability. In 2004, Bell founded and coached Jacksonville’s wheelchair basketball team. He was also the first disabled individual to be the official scorekeeper for a USA Olympic event during a 2004 Olympic basketball game.

Information for funeral arrangements have yet to be released, but Spinnaker will update with more information as it becomes available.

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