It has been nearly two years since the passing of Brian Ebanks.
Mr. Ebanks was remembered by family, friends, coaches and players of Elite and Scholars football clubs on Thursday (April 21) as family members held a memorial football match honoring the life of the young football player who would have been 21 years old today.
Many in attendance said Ebanks was destined to become a professional football player, sentiments which were also shared by his former coach of Elite Gregory Ebanks.
“Brian was very dedicated to the sport, very committed. He had dreams of doing this for a living, not just a past time, he worked hard and that was his dream of becoming a professional Football player,” Mr. Ebanks said as he reminisced on the promise of the young footballer.
Coach Antonio “Tony” Smith of Scholars Football Club says Brian loved football very much and spoke about where Ebanks would have been on days such as that one.
“Brian would be right here on the field enjoying his self with all these young guys and enjoying the football game especially through the week like this tonight and I know he would be here. Quiet little guy but he love the game, he love the sports and I know he would have been the happiest guy playing sports right now,” Coach Antonio Smith said.
A large card with the title “Happy 21st Birthday Briey,” was on the front cover of the birthday card made from cartridge paper which awaited all those in attendance to sign their signatures and write well-wishing notes to the late footballer as they entered and departed the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
Brian Ebanks died on September 12th, 2014.