Honoring Ryan Bost: photo essay

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On Sunday, the Beardsley Gym at the Evanston High School was filled with basketball players, cheering fans, applauding and the sounds of people enjoying the game. But there came together to honor the memory of their colleague, Ryan Bost.

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

A 2019 graduate of Evanston Township High School, Bost was well known in the Evanston community and beyond, as not only a basketball star but a leader on and off the court, who put others before himself. His life was cut short at the age of 20, when he was fatally shot Nov. 9, 2020, in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Sunday’s Charity Basketball Game was organized by Jamal Graham, a friend of the Bost family. He recruited basketball players from across the country. Most of the 28 players were stars at Evanston Township High School, but a few grew up and played in Evanston before attending other high schools. Many are now playing in colleges or junior colleges.

Hundreds of spectators filled the gym, buying tickets to help support Camp Kuumba, a free three-week summer mentorship program for Black elementary-aged boys and youth, and the Warren Cherry Scholarship Fund, which helps ETHS graduates to become teachers, coaches and mentors.

It was the first Legends game. But both Shawanda and Billy Bost, parents of Ryan Bost, expressed hopes that the game will become an annual event.

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.
Players and friends gather around the parents of Ryan Bost—Shawanda and Bobby Bost—for a final photo.
Evanston basketball legends take the court again. Circling Chris Hamil (32) are from left: Marcus Johnson (11), Henry Woo, Jamal Stephenson (8), Jordan Gardner (7), Jerome Smith (4), Elijah Bull, Will Jones (15) and Devontae Logan.
High-fiving are from left: Montay Williams (33), Yaris Irby (2), Dylan Mulvihill (tall man in back), Elyjah Williams (smiling), and Nibra White (at right).