Several basketball games will be played on March 14,2015 starting at noon at the Charles Strong Recreation Center in Luxora, Arkansas. The proceeds from this event will be used to help fund the Bryan Keith Baker Memorial Scholarship for Rivercrest High School Students.
We will have our first memorial basketball tournament in memory of our beloved Bryan.
Date: March 14, 2015
Time: 12:00 (NOON)
Place: Charles Strong Recreation Center
Address: 602 Canal Street
We, the family and friends of Bryan, are very excited about this and we are looking forward to seeing everyone. There will be three (3) games played.
The class of 1995 vs. old school team.
The winner will play Bryan’s co- workers from Memphis and Forest City Arkansas.
We will raffle off an iPad at the beginning of the 3rd game.
Come out and cheer for the COLTS class of 1995.
Contact Katherine Warren for more information about how you can donate to help fund this scholarship.
Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BryanKeithBakerMemorialScholarship
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While in school, Bryan participated in basketball and was a volunteer for the school’s safety patrol program; the program was responsible for assisting students crossing the street to school safely and to raise and lower the United States flag before and after school.
At this age, Bryan was already implementing selfless service and putting others safety and needs above his own. From 7-12th grade, Bryan attended Rivercrest Junior and Senior High School and excelled in school, band, basketball, track, and numerous student clubs.
Upon graduation from Rivercrest High School in May 1995, Bryan enrolled at Grambling State University in the fall semester and chose nursing as his major. While there Bryan found a different passion and changed his major to Criminal Justice because he felt that he could make a greater impact on the lives of others.
Bryan graduated from Grambling State University in May 2000 and started working at Juvenile Court in Memphis, Tennessee where he touched countless youth and co-workers with his positive demeanor and upbeat personality.
Because of his dedication, many troubled youth were given second chances in life and many came back and informed him of how much they appreciated his motivation and genuine care.
After leaving Juvenile Court, Bryan started working at Memphis Recovery Center and worked with troubled teens that fell victim to numerous substance addictions. Not deterred with one’s background, Bryan was on a mission to open the eyes, hearts and minds of the youth that were at the recovery center in order to allow them to have a second chance in life and take advantage of the opportunity to live out their dreams as positive, productive citizens in their respective communities.
To this day, there are numerous teens that still go back to the center and share their experiences with others and take out time because of all of the time and sacrifices that Bryan dedicated to them.
With the desire to further advance his career, Bryan joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons in both Forrest City, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. During this time he crossed paths with individuals from all over the world and because of his out-going personality, he never met a stranger in all of his encounters.
He remained a diligent worker that always had a positive message and provided words of encouragement to help people realize that it is never too late to change no matter how old you are. While working with the Bureau, Bryan became ill and was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma Cancer. After a strong battle with cancer, he succumbed to his illness on March 4, 2014.
Today and forever more, our family remains committed to letting his legacy live on through the next generation of youth.