Fund keeping man’s memory alive on basketball court

Fund keeping man’s memory alive on basketball court

After the tragic loss of a husband and father a Spokane family has found a way to keep him alive in their hearts and in the community through basketball.

Eric Fox passed away unexpectedly last July and his family started a fund to benefit local basketball, a sport he loved.

Eric’s family reached out to Hoopfest to find out the best way to use the Eric Fox Memorial Fund. They wanted to make sure it was a realistic amount of money and something meaningful, so they decided to use the funds to pay officials in the midnight basketball program.

Fox coached his two sons at Hoopfest last year but his biggest impact on the community was his 20 years of being an official, which is why this was the best way to remember him.

Midnight Basketball is a program between Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Hoopfest that gives a safe alternative activity to area kids, particularly in urban neighborhoods. While Fox’s sons never participated in the program the family felt this was the best way to honor their father’s love for basketball.

“It worked out perfect because Eric was an official in Spokane for the last 20 years and so it kind of combined Eric’s love of basketball, his history of being an official and it was a perfect fit,” Kim Fox, Eric’s wife, said.

Funds have been raised for this year’s Midnight Basketball program but if you would like to donate for future years click here.