FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Services have been set for Jaclyn Sabol Patton of Fairfield, a choreographer and dancer for the then-New Jersey Nets, who died Tuesday, May 9, of brain cancer. She was 34.
Patton began performing with the Nets dancers in 2005. She was the host of "Jac Of All Nets," a video feature on the team's website, and worked with the NBA as a choreographer.
She was also an account director for the Conde Nast Strategic Markets at MediaMax Network.
She was born Dec. 9, 1982, to Elizabeth and Ken Sabol. She earned her college degree in journalism from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
She danced competitively through high school and was elected team captain her senior year. Patton was later recruited to the Rutgers University Dance Team.
After graduating from Rutgers, Patton joined the Broadway national tour of "Contact." Upon her return to New York City, she accepted a corporate position at Men's Journal, joined the NJ Nets NBA dance team and became a sideline reporter as well as hosting her own talk show, "Jac of all Nets."
Additionally, she coached a team of senior citizens to dance hip-hop during half time shows, which was filmed and turned into a Netflix documentary titled "Gotta Dance." The film has since been developed into a Broadway musical, with Patton serving as a consultant and dance coach for the cast.
During her time with the NBA, she performed in Singapore, China, London, and Mexico City as a guest judge, coach, and choreographer on the hit Chinese TV show "Dance Passion." In 2007, she was voted by NBA fans to be the Nets representative on the first-ever All Star Dance Team and was the first-ever female emcee for NBA All-Star Weekend.
Patton chose to leave the NBA to undergo treatment when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. She has since been working in advertising sales as an account director at MediaMax Network in New York, representing the Conde Nast media portfolio.
It is there that she met her husband, Todd Patton. They enjoyed traveling to new places, spending time with friends and family and building their life together.
She had been actively involved with the National Brain Tumor Society, serving on the New York planning committee and as event emcee for the last five annual fundraiser walks. Patton was the voice of the NBTS, motivating, encouraging and inspiring both brain tumor survivors and their caregivers.
She is survived by her husband, Todd Patton, along with their two puppies, Snickers and Max; as well as her father, Ken Sabol of Milford. Her mother, Liz Sabol, died in 2007.
Calling hours will be Monday, May 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home at 321 S. Main St. in New City, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, Nanuet, New York, followed by interment at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.
Flowers may be sent to Michael J Higgins Funeral Home or memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society 2017 fundraiser walk at the Team Page for "Jac Pac" at http://www.braintumorcommunity.org.
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