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‘Bost Family Legacy Continues’ with The Ryan Bost Memorial Gymnasium


The Ryan Bost Memorial Gymnasium (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Ryan Bost was known as a reserved young man of few words.

“And when he spoke, everyone listened,” said Robert Reece, one of nine speakers at the dedication of the Ryan Bost Memorial Gymnasium at Washington Elementary School on June 13.

A 2019 graduate of Evanston Township High School, Ryan was well known in the Evanston community and beyond as a basketball star who was a leader on and off the court, always putting others before himself.

His life was cut short at the age of 20, when he was fatally shot on Nov. 9, 2020, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Mr. Reece, a volunteer for 40-plus years in the Fellowship of Afro-American Men (FAAM) Youth Basketball League, said the naming of the Washington School gym was something that had never been done before.