Basketball Team Honors Anil John at Annual Classic

Basketball Team Honors Anil John at Annual Classic
Anil John

The high school’s varsity basketball team recently honored a respected former senior captain, welcoming a huge crowd to the second annual Anil John Tip-Off Classic.

John, a three-year varsity basketball player and member of Islip’s Class of 2015, lost his life in a tragic accident on Oct. 6, 2015. After John’s death, his uniform number 22 was retired forever in the basketball program, and the team collaborated with the Islip Booster Club to rename their annual tournament. A memorial scholarship in John’s name was also established, funded with tournament T-shirt sales.

“From the students to coaches, teams, teachers, administrators, food services staff, custodians and community members, just about everyone comes together to remember Anil,” said Athletic Director John Sparacio. “He inspired and touched the hearts of everyone who met him. He had a great passion for Islip athletics and basketball and is forever our teammate and friend.”