Aventus Health, based in Orlando, FL., has been tabbed by event officials to handle daily COVID-19 testing for the Space Coast Challenge, a men’s D-I college basketball tournament set for Nov. 25-26 in Melbourne, FL.
Aventus Health started operations in 2015 in the Orlando area, founded by Dr. Nagi Youssef and his son, Oliver Dawoud. Their extensive background in healthcare became the foundation for Aventus Biolabs, which offered many specialty services in multiple locations and positioned itself as a premier full-service laboratory.
Pivoting quickly to COVID-19 concerns when the pandemic struck, Aventus has been helping multiple enterprises with testing, including the WNBA, WWE, Major League Soccer, the University of Central Florida, the Orlando City Soccer Club, Full Sail University and Nemours Hospital.
“As an avid sports fan myself, I feel honored and proud to be able to provide peace of mind and comfort through Aventus Health’s COVID-19 testing program to various sport leagues. I felt like Aventus had a duty to contribute in bringing back the sports we love to watch as fans, along with being an essential piece of the puzzle to allowing teams and players to play the sport they love to play,” said Dawoud, CEO of Aventus Health. “This pandemic has left the country with a sense of uncertainty and doubt — it is my hope that the tremendous effort of my company and the dedication of our team has helped to bring certainty and confidence back to the community. It is my goal to continue to expand the breadth of these services to augment the hope and safety of our local, state and national families.”
Players, coaches, tournament staff and game officials will be subject to daily testing for the Space Coast Challenge, which will not include any attendance for fans.
“Even though we’ve had to deal with fast-changing circumstances and a lot of unknowns, Aventus Health has been an informed and prepared partner from the minute we targeted Florida as our tournament location,” said men’s event director Sarah Sullivan. “We feel confident that everyone’s personal safety will remain the highest priority at the Space Coast Challenge.”
Games will be played at Titan Field House on the campus of Eastern Florida State College:
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Liberty vs. Purdue, 6 p.m. ET
Clemson vs. Mississippi State, 8:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 26
Third Place Game, 6 p.m. ET
Championship Game, 8:30 p.m. ET
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