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’24 Hour’ basketball, charity game latest honor for the late Ryan Bost

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

Ryan Bost was called the heart and soul of the ETHS boys basketball team.
Credit: Photo courtesy of the family of Ryan Bost

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

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

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

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

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

“In our community, we lost a really good person,” said Jamal Graham: charity basketball event creator, ETHS alumnus (2016) and friend of the Bost family. “And just seeing his Mom like that, seeing his friends like that [so sad]– I knew I was able to do this [charity basketball game].”

After the game. Wearing orange uniforms are from 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 like an NBA All-Star game. The teams represented two local charities – Camp Kuumba and Warren “Billy” Cherry Scholarship.

  • Team Kuumba supported the camp, which is a mentorship program supporting young Black men.
  • While Team Warren supported the scholarship which helps young adults in becoming teachers and coaches.

The teams were led by their captains, Trevon Marshall led Team Warren and Rashawn Bost Ryan’s little brother, led Team Kuumba.

“I played with Ryan here my senior year. He was a freshman on the varsity team. So, just being around the community together and playing basketball,” said Marshall. “He was also my younger brother, Tavion Marshall’s, best friend. Ryan used to be at our house all the time.”

Marshall led Team Warren, clad in orange jerseys labeled “Bost” on the back, while Bost led Team Kuumba in white jerseys with the same inscription on the back.

The parents of Ryan Bost—Shawanda and Bobby—and their son Rashawn hold a gift following a charity basketball game in Ryan’s memory at Evanston High School. Ryan, who helped lead the Wildkits on two state championship drives, was shot and killed in 2020 after graduating. The exhibition brought back more than two dozen great Evanston players to Beardsley Gym. Rashawn, who wears his brother’s number, scored the winning baskets. “This game will definitely strengthen the community,” said Bobby Bost. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

“I’m here to honor my big brother and some of his friends playing a game to honor and keep his legacy going,” Bost said.

The warmth in the gym extended beyond a physical sensation, it was a joy that was felt as players joked like old friends, laughed with the referees, and waved to children in the stands.

In the end, Team Kuumba was victorious with a three-point shot—made by none other than Ryan’s younger brother.

After the game, Schawanda and Robert “Bobby” Bost, Ryan’s parents, received Ryan’s framed jerseys and photos as a gift. They posed for pictures with community members, friends and family.

“Just to see all his friends come back and just show so much support, as long as the money goes to the best foundations, this is all it’s about right now,” said Robert.

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