Basketball courts

Falmouth basketball courts renamed in honor of player who died of cancer

Ryan Rogers lost his battle with brain cancer in April. Her family and others are raising money to renovate the courts.

FALMOUTH, Maine – The popular basketball courts in Falmouth have been named “Ryan Roger’s Memorial Courts” after Ryan Rogers, 28, lost his battle with brain cancer in April.

“He ate, slept and drank basketball,” said Chris Rogers, Ryan’s father.

His father Chris said Ryan was the co-captain of the Falmouth High School basketball team and continued to play in college. Due to his love and passion for the sport, Falmouth City Council approved the name of the courts in his honor.

“It’s a special place, Ryan’s mind, it’s a perfect blend of what’s been on this property for hundreds of years,” said Nathan Poore, Town Manager for Falmouth.

Chris and the Falmouth Youth Basketball Association wanted to take his legacy a step further. They raise funds to renovate the courts, so the community can continue to enjoy them.

“Hundreds and thousands of children go through FYBA. We have seen hundreds of children playing on this court,” said Kelli O’Brien, president of the Falmouth Youth Basketball Association.

A GoFundMe page exceeded their target. He has raised over $ 44,000 which will be used to pay for the new paint and the hoops and keep Ryan’s spirit alive.

“This community, of which we are privileged to be a part, has dispelled all of our expectations. The excellent work he was doing, we pledged to say that it must not end and that it will not be”, Chris said.