Basketball Court Keeps Teen’s Legacy Alive

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio -- Last fall, Alex Sismour, a freshman at North Ridgeville High School, was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike.

Now, the elementary school Alex once attended is keeping his legacy alive.

"You don't realize how you impact one person or one person impacts a community until they are not there," said Wilcox Elementary School Principal Mark Millar.

It's the story of Alex Sismour.

"He was fun, energetic, good sense of humor, he was always on the go," Millar said.

The 14-year-old was killed last September while riding his bike in Elyria, less than three miles from his home.

"It takes your breath away like anything else when you lose someone," said Millar.

Alex would have turned 15 just a few days ago and they decided to name the basketball court at Wilcox Elementary School in Alex's name.

After all, you can't think about Alex without thinking about basketball.

"We wanted to honor Alex in a way with sports.  We tossed around a few ideas and basketball was the only way we could go, Alex loved basketball," said Wilcox Elementary School physical education teacher Heather Hulec.

Construction crews just finished putting up new backboards, rims and nets on the almost-complete basketball court project, which cost $7,500.

That's the amount students and community members raised through various fundraisers.

"We decided to have blood drives and we did walking school buses where the children got dropped off and they paid a dollar to walk to school," Hulec said.

Next week, Wilcox Elementary School will officially dedicate the basketball court in Alex's memory.

The event will be held on April 27 from 6-8 p.m.

"We are blessed by the outpouring of this great community which has been an incredible support system for us," the Sismour family said in a statement.

While Alex is gone, his legacy will forever live on at Wilcox Elementary School.