Late Sobo basketball star honored at fourth annual tournament

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) From playing in the driveway to packing the UW Health Sports Factory, the purpose of the Antonio Little Memorial Hoops Tournament has stayed the same: keep the memory of the former South Beloit star alive and help out some high school grads in the process.

The fourth annual tournament featured two divisions of five-on-five as well as three-on-three for the younger age group.

The money raised from the event will go towards three scholarships which will be awarded in May to seniors from South Beloit, Rockford Public Schools and Winnebago County.

Former Sobos head coach Mat Parker says it's a day to celebrate Little and keep his legacy alive.

"To keep his name alive and help other kids continue their education, which was something that was important for him and his family means a lot," said Parker. "To be an example to the players that I used to coach that giving back to the community and doing charity in the community is an important part of being a part of Rockford or wherever you live so for us to be able to give back and put on a great event and pay it forward I think is important."