Isaac, a former Northwestern State football player, died in December 2012 while on duty as a Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s deputy. He passed after sustaining injuries when his vehicle hydroplaned on a rural road in south Natchitoches Parish.
His wife, Akilah Givens Isaac, was a former Lady Demon basketball player and is expecting the couple’s first baby in the spring.
“One of the most special qualities about NSU and the Natchitoches community is the family atmosphere. It is a unique to be in a place where the people care so deeply about the student-athletes both past and present,” said women’s basketball co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. “The tragic accident resulting in the loss of life for one of our own former student-athletes, Ricky Issac, has touched many people in our community.”
“Our student-athletes and staff wanted to do something to honor and help one of our former team members, Akilah, during this difficult time,” she said. “Ricky and Akilah had a wonderful impact on many at NSU and in the surrounding communities.”
There will be opportunities for NSU fans and community members to donate money at the entrances and buckets that will be passed around during the game. All money given will go to the Ricky Isaac Love Fund already set up at the Bank of Montgomery.
“In difficult times it is important for us to reach out and help our family members,” said Stoehr. “We ask that everyone in attendance at the game Thursday donate in honor of Ricky and in support of Akilah and their family.”
Akilah, a Monroe native, played as a Lady Demon from 2005-08 and Ricky lettered as a Demon football player from 2008-11.
Ricky finished his 2011 season with 63 tackles and won the Defensive Most Valuable Player award.
Akilah played in 71 games, scored 185 points, and grabbed 109 rebounds during her time at NSU.
Both were active members of the NSU Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during their time at Northwestern State.