As she battled cancer, Amanda Riley was set to be the recipient of a room makeover, courtesy of the Atlanta Dream women's basketball team she followed.
Unfortunately, Riley passed away in April at the tender age of 17, leaving behind a slew of grieving friends who had supported her fight with cancer. Through the Dream, she still left a lasting gift to her Brookwood High School girls basketball teammates, who saw their locker room renovated by the pro franchise.
"Our relationship with the Dream is really because of Amanda," Brookwood girls basketball coach Scott Terry said.
The WNBA team brings its "Take the Show on the Road" event to the Snellville high school today, giving Terry and the Brookwood administrators the perfect chance to do something special for Riley, a beloved student who was on the basketball, cross country and track and field teams.
Riley's No. 22 basketball jersey will be retired during the Dream showcase, making her the first Bronco male or female to have a basketball number retired.
"We're really thrilled and honored to be able to do it," Terry said. "It's a wonderful thing for Amanda. Even though she was able to play varsity (basketball) just the one year, it sends a wonderful message our students, our athletes and our community. It's not always about athletic accomplishments. How you treat others and what kind of person you are can make a big difference."
In addition to athletics, Riley was a peer leader and her cancer fight sparked widespread fundraising and cancer education programs at Brookwood. All proceeds from tonight's event will benefit a scholarship fund established in Riley's name.
The Dream's open practice at 5 p.m. kicks off today's festivities, followed by Riley's ceremony at about 7 p.m. The team's players and coaches then will spend time with mingle with fans and sign autographs.