Legend High School’s Jason Ritter 5

Gone but Never to be Forgotten

Legend High School’s Jason Ritter and his students may have been gone for several years, but the social studies teacher and basketball coach will never be forgotten.

That’s a tribute to Ritter himself and some fellow teachers and friends at Legend High School who were part of the core team involved in opening the new school in 2008.

Although Ritter passed away from a rare form of cancer in March 2011, it’s not likely he will be forgotten by the Legend community, some of whom gathered together shortly after the school year began to play basketball and raise funds for a scholarship in his name.

“He was the model person to everybody,” says Tina Stroman, a language teacher who helped organize the 2015 event with Jay Zimmerman, a chemistry teacher, and Ashton Butler, a 2012 graduate who started the basketball tournament last year in Ritter’s memory.

“His name comes up often around here, especially through the sports teams,” Stroman says. “A lot of the sports teams have kept his initials JR and talk about that with their teams.”

His name also “comes up when you’re talking about the kind of person that you try to be,” she adds. “Those personal qualities of perseverance and kindness and just making the day better for everybody else.”

There’s no doubt that fond memories and tears were shared during the Ritter Roundball 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Aug. 17 as participants raised about $1,500 for the Jason Ritter Scholarship Fund.

The scholarships are awarded each spring to two to four graduating seniors who, like Ritter, are all about Legend – full of school spirit, actively involved, continually connecting with others, challenging their peers, helping others, living life with a positive attitude and embodying the Legend core values.

A total of 22 teams participated in the tournament, everyone from Legend teachers, students and alumni, to students from Cimarron Middle School and even some parents. Als

Legend High School’s Jason Ritter and his students may have been gone for several years, but the social studies teacher and basketball coach will never be forgotten.

That’s a tribute to Ritter himself and some fellow teachers and friends at Legend High School who were part of the core team involved in opening the new school in 2008.

o in attendance were Ritter’s widow, Audra, who still lives in Parker, and their son, Lincoln.

“It was a true community event. It was awesome,” Stroman says. “This community has rallied around what Jason stands for.

“They really come together and know what it’s about and are excited to support our school and our staff and our community in this way.”

It’s an incredible way to start of the new school year – full of school spirit and community involvement!

For more information or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, contact Stroman at tina.stroman@dcsdk12.org.