In 1999, John Stewart was a star for Indianapolis North Lawrence High School with a future playing for Tubby Smith’s Kentucky Wildcats. Fate had different plans.
Tragedy struck during the Indiana high school playoffs when Stewart collapsed on the court. The big man didn’t get up, passing away at the age of 18.
Today the Indianapolis Department of Parks dedicated a basketball court in his honor. The plaque adjacent to the court shown above, features a passage from John 5:35. As Thomas Beisner points out, 5:35 was how much time was left on the clock when Stewart collapsed on the court.
It’s a touching story that I cannot give justice like Beisner and the guys at CN2 did last summer with their documentary, Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story. You can watch the touching documentary here.