Detail from a flyer promoting the event.

A charity fundraiser basketball game will be held Saturday at Evanston Township High School in memory of ETHS basketball player Ryan Bost.

Bost was shot to death in Chicago at age 20 on Nov. 9, 2020.

Event organizer Jamal Graham says, “My goal is to continue to build up this community and put disadvantaged community members in better situations.”

“Ryan was one-of-a-kind and an amazing basketball player, who had such a bright future ahead of him,” Graham says.

He added, “24 hour basketball” — with the “24” coming from the number Bost wore on his ETHS jerseys — “represents living life as an outstanding person everyday.”

Graham says proceeds from the event will go to Kamp Kuumba, a local Black male mentorship camp, and the Warren Cherry Scholarship, which helps young adults become teachers and coaches. 

The event will be held at Beardsley Gym, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and will follow an NBA all star game format.

Each team will represent a charity. Each team will start with a base amount of money and each quarter is treated as its own game. Every time a team wins a quarter they earn
more money for their represented charity.

For the last quarter, all the previous scores will be tallied up and the target number will be the highest score plus 24 points. No team can lose money, only gain it.

Tickets in advance are $5 for regular seats and $20 for VIP courtside seats. Tickets at the door will be $10. Attendees should use entrance 3 in the back of the school.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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