Ryan Franklin game draws competitors from all over

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Lighthouse Christian School hosted the Ryan Franklin Memorial Basketball game over the weekend, featuring athletes from all over the region.

Twin Falls firefighters showed their support for their fallen coworker.

Ryan had his hand in many activities, but he loved basketball. His former teammates from Red Bluff High School and Multnomah University traveled to Twin Falls for the event.

"It's hard, everybody lives to so far away, for them to coordinate schedules and get here. It was a blessing to have them, have them in my home for the weekend, we get to reminisce and hang out, it was a really good weekend," explained Amie Franklin, Ryan's widow.

He coached basketball in the valley and former players from Filer, Lighthouse and Wendell played as well.

"It's cool to see all the kids that were babies when Ryan coached them as freshmen. Now they're married and have kids. It's nice to catch up with them and see where they are in life," Amie said. "It's a really cool game, it feels like it leaves an empty spot because Ryan is the one that is missing."

Ryan also taught at Lighthouse before he worked as a firefighter.
Donations from the game benefited the Ryan Franklin Scholarship Fund, created by Amie.

"So we chose to do an essay where the kids write an essay detailing what a coach or a teacher has meant to them throughout their education," she said. "It was really cool to see what people wrote. This year Jordan Bradshaw got the scholarship and he wrote about his impact of the classroom of Ryan's."

Lighthouse seniors have until the spring of 2019 to apply.

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