ROCKFORD – The memory of Antonio Little has been kept alive and well the last few years as a tournament in his name brings the Rockford basketball brotherhood together to not only play competitive games, but to give back to the community too.
Little drowned four years ago, and this memorial tournament honors his contributions to basketball as he helped lead South Beloit on the court during his high school career.
“Rest in peace to Antonio, he was a good friend of mine, knew him for a little bit,” says Armani Flannigan, a Boylan graduate. “It’s a great turnout for everyone to come out and support in his name.”
“This is my second year being in it…the donations go to the kids and it helps the community here. It’s bringing all of us together and we’re just enjoying the time,” says Mo Jackson, a Belvidere graduate.
“We’ll be able to give out three scholarships in Antonio’s name. A South Beloit senior receives a scholarship in May, a Rockford Public Schools senior will receive a scholarship, and a Winnebago County senior will receive a scholarship through the Antonio Little YMCA foundation,” said Mat Parker, the tournament’s organizer and Little’s former head coach at South Beloit.