Courtesy New Garden Friends School.
Greensboro, NC -- Monday night is the first game the New Garden Friends High School Boys' Basketball Team will play since the death of Josh Level last Tuesday.
The boys team is playing a rescheduled game in Thomasville against New Hope Christian School at 7:00 pm Monday. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Level family, according to NGFS.
Josh Level, a junior at NGFHS, collapsed during a basketball against Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem last Tuesday. He died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center that night. Josh's funeral was Saturday.
"There was so much promise with him and hope," Josh's father, Joseph Level, said. "Josh was a big time athlete and a lot of people knew him, but he never carried himself like that."
Joseph Level added, "People say he collapsed. Physically, that's what happened. I wasn't there. But, he collapsed. With your natural eye, that's what you see. But, spiritually, we're convinced what happens is that he stepped from time into eternity."
Josh's best friend, Kanayo Obi-Rapu, Jr., said, "He could make you laugh about anything, no matter what kind of day you were having...If you took basketball away from him, he would still be an incredible human being. And we still have been known by people everywhere because he was such a great guy."
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Dave Secor, basketball coach at NGFS, issued the following statement about Josh's death:
The sudden and tragic passing of Josh Level a week ago during a basketball game between New Garden Friends and Quality Education shook not only the New Garden Friends School community but also all of Greensboro and indeed the state.
There is nothing that prepares us for this...a young life cut short, the loss of a son, brother, friend, classmate, teammate.
When the word first came to us at New Garden Friends School that Josh Level was enrolling as a student there was a great deal of excitement among the basketball team. Everyone was well aware of Josh Level the very talented basketball player. The anticipation of what might be was growing and being immediately realized as Josh blended perfectly with his new teammates.
What we all immediately learned was that Josh Level, the 17-year-old high school junior, was an equally remarkable young man. In his short time with us he became not only a key member of the Bears basketball team, but also a well liked member of the entire school community. With his unassuming way and sense of humor, he easily became one of the community, which made him happy.
For the record, last Tuesday evening was another typical performance for Josh. He was leading his team in scoring, rebounding and steals. He had just connected on back to back three pointers......
We all will miss this fine young man who graced our campus and our basketball court. Thanks to all who have sent well wishes...Please keep Josh and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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