John Bryant Continues to Lead On and Off the Court
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  08/29/2008

Aug. 29, 2008

BARRE, VT. - Former Saint Joseph's star John Bryant continues to excel not just on the basketball court, but in the community as well, with his involvement in Role Players, Inc. Bryant is the director for the faith-based organization.

One of the inaugural events for Role Players is on September 6 in Barre, Vermont, where Bryant is a member of the American Basketball Association's Vermont Frost Heaves. The group is holding a Back-to-School rally for local students in grades 7 through 12, providing the students with school supplies among other gifts. Over 150 local children are expected to participate in the event at the Faith Community Church.

"Role Players provides the people of God a platform to share, build and grow with each other," said Bryant. "Sharing our faith makes us stronger as well as helps to achieve our number one goal which is to further the kingdom of God."

Bryant says, "There's something for everyone with Role Players. For those who want to share experiences, or sponsor outreach projects while there are even opportunities for business owners. We envision people young and old wearing the Role Players logo representing their role in Christ."

Role Players, Inc. is seeking sponsors for the September 6 event as well as those in the future. For information on the organization, go to its website at

Bryant was co-captain for the Hawks' 2004-05 team that reached the finals of the NIT, as well as being a key performer on SJU's squad that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2003-04. Since leaving Saint Joseph's, he has played professionally in Australia and England and toured China with BCI Edge, an evangelical touring team of former college players.

He has been a member of the Vermont Frost Heaves for the past two seasons, with the team winning back-to-back ABA Championships.