’24 Hours’ Basketball, Latest Charity Game Honor for the Late Ryan Bost

When Ryan Bost, a lifelong resident of Evanston who lost his life to gun violence in November 2020, died, it left a void in the hearts of his family, friends and community.

Ryan Bost has been called the heart and soul of the ETHS men’s basketball team.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Ryan Bost’s family

Since then, people have tried to do what they can to honor the life and legacy of this young man who died too soon. In the nearly two years since his death. Ryan’s life has been celebrated, celebrated and defended by many people who love him.

In June 2021, Ryan was honored at his former school, Washington Elementary School, with the academy renaming the Ryan Bost Memorial Gymnasium.

Then, in November 2021, his family and friends marched starting at Foster Street and Dodge Avenue to demand justice for Ryan.

And most recently, on a Saturday in early July, community members gathered to support 24 Hour” Basketball, a charity basketball game held in Ryan’s honor. The intention was to raise money, but also to alleviate some of the insurmountable sadness carried by those who knew and loved him.

In fact, the atmosphere at Evanston Township High School’s Beardsley Gym was reminiscent of a party between loved ones; full of music, laughter and basketball.

“In our community, we’ve lost a very good person,” said Jamal Graham: Basketball Charity Creator, ETHS Alumnus (2016) and Bost Family Friend. “And just seeing your mother like this, seeing your friends like this [so sad]- I knew I was capable of doing this [charity basketball game].”

After the game. Wearing orange uniforms are from the left: Jordan Gardner, Will Jones, Trevon Marshall and Jamal Stephenson. They are greeting Dylan Mulvihill (32) in white. Credit: Richard Cahan

The game was set up as an NBA All-Star game. The teams represented two local charities – Camp Kuumba and Warren “Billy” Cherry Scholarship.

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