Hoops for Steve

JAFFREY: Seventh annual basketball fundraiser continued the youth movement

Each year, basketball fans and players from around the area band together to honor the memory of Stephen Record, the Conant basketball player whose life was tragically cut short back in 2007. And what one might expect to be a somber event is anything but. It puts the “fun” in “fundraiser,” if you ask Stephen’s father, Ron, or any of the attendees who spent the day shooting free throws, three-pointers, half-court shots and just hanging out with friends and listening to some good music – Stephen’s favorite activities.

This year, the event was at a bit of a crossroads. With the members of Stephen’s graduating class now in their mid-20s, moved away, settled down or just in the midst of the life of one five years removed from high school, would the event be as well-attended and boisterous as previous years? Would a new, younger generation of players step up and get involved, even without those direct ties to the young man they were honoring?

The answer was a resounding yes. The Pratt was filled with youngsters from around the area – Gym Rats, AAU players from Keene and surrounding towns, and anyone else big enough to pick up a ball and shoot, not to mention the older coaches and players in attendance. In the end, over $3,000 was raised toward the pair of scholarships awarded each year in Stephen’s memory to one male and one female Conant senior who exemplify high athletic and academic achievement and are involved in the community.

The next pair of seniors to receive the scholarships are being selected as we speak – another link in the chain that forever binds Stephen’s legacy to the instution of Conant athletics. And watching little brother JP Record out on the court running the show, barking out orders and joking around, it’s obvious that it’s a legacy that is still growing to this day.

By Ben Conant

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