TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) -- Hundreds came out to the Lighthouse Christian gymnasium Saturday evening to honor beloved late basketball coach Ryan Franklin.
First year head basketball coach Anthony Standlee organized the Ryan Franklin Memorial Basketball Game.
The teams were split up between the blue and white teams and comprised Franklin's former players, teammates, and co–coaches from Multnomah, Lighthouse, and Wendell.
The hardwood was repainted to commemorate the evening and will now be known as Ryan Franklin Court, something Coach Standlee says Franklin would be honored to have seen.
"From what I've taken out of it, he'd take the honor, I know that. He was a great guy, but a lot of times he'd take it more of a challenge where he had to work harder because. Those are the stories that keep coming are that he was a guy that would work harder and harder and harder. I've heard stories from close family to people who only played with him for one year who – if that kid needed help he helped him. Whether it was on the basketball court, in the classroom, this and that – he was just always there. He would take it as a challenge to get better," said Standlee.
Franklin's youngest child - 13-month-old Seth took the ceremonial first shot on the new court.