A decade of hard work and heartache has now come full court for one Northampton neighborhood.
Two high school students will be honored this weekend after tragically losing their lives, but thanks to a new basketball court, it's not just friends and family who will remember their names.
Located outside the Ryan Road Elementary School in Florence is Legends Court.
It's a basketball court dedicated to two Northampton High School graduates whose lives were cut short by accidents. Their best friends made it possible, and was years in the making.
Michael O'Brien runs 'League Legends', a group dedicated to raising money for the community.
O'Brien told Western Mass News all of this is in honor of his two close friends and classmates, David Holman and Miles Adams.
"I think it was the first real reality check for me, that that could happen. It was a tough reaction for myself, the community, a lot of our friends," said O'Brien.
The guys spent hours playing basketball together in a pickup basketball group called 'the league' that was once played on the old hoops at the school.
After their deaths, fundraisers started left and right, but this is their crowning achievement.
Legends Court has plenty of green and seating for fans and families.
It has a full length high school regulation court with two adjustable hoops, benches, and even lights for nighttime action.
It's equipped for special events too, from concession for little league games, to outdoor school assemblies and even movie nights.
"I think there different ways to be a legend. I think it's just, find a way to be remembered for a positive thing, and it makes you a legend. I think there's a lot of ways to do positive things here," O'Brien continued.
O'Brien wishes to thank all members of League Legends, as well as the dozens of donors for their help.
"This is something that's going to last forever, and we can always know that we were part of it, and that's important to us," said Tony Gleason.
An official ceremony will be this Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. which will include the unveiling of a statue in the boys' honor.
There will be a youth basketball clinic for elementary students from 4 to 6 p.m. before the ceremony.
Legends Court is free and open to the public from 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays, and all day on weekends, holidays, and school vacations.
For more information or to donate, visit www.areyoualegend.org or contact Michael O’Brien at email@example.com.
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