SNELLVILLE – The basketball courts at T.W. Briscoe Park are now named after Amanda Riley, the 17-year old Brookwood High School teen who succumbed to cancer in April of 2010.
Riley, an avid basketball player and fan, captured the hearts of locals during her battle with the disease.
A dedication ceremony took place Monday at the courts off of Lenora Church Road, officially naming them, the Amanda Riley Basketball Courts.
“We will never be able to express how very much this means to us as there is no greater gift than one that helps keep our girl’s memory alive. It is a great feeling knowing that long after we are gone, Amanda and her love of basketball will always be remembered,” her mother Barbara Riley said in a Facebook post.
A monument surrounded with flowers reads, “She was only among us for a few years but left an everlasting impact on our lives. Basketball was her passion and some of her happiest times was when she was on the court playing the game she loved. Dedicated by the City of Snellville Mayor and Council November 14, 2016.”
The Amanda Riley Foundation, a Snellville non-profit, was founded by Amanda's parents in her honor. The foundation has helped countless children with cancer.
Sept. 12 was named “Amanda Riley Day in Snellville.”
For more information about the Amanda Riley Foundation, visit amandarileyfoundation.org.