Last week, faculty, staff, and students at Corning Community College celebrated the life of Justin Lewis with the first annual Justin Lewis Memorial Basketball Championship Game, which included half-time speeches by three students and the director of athletics.
Students Trentton Ray, Jarett Updyke, and Tyler Ladd, shared memories about Lewis, emphasizing Lewis’ passion for basketball and his commitment to helping others. Director of Athletics Stacy Johnson reminded those in attendance that there is never a reason to be in a hurry.
"I applaud the courage of the Lewis family to allow us to capture this opportunity to both celebrate the life of Justin and the things he loved and to use this as an opportunity to remind our students of the importance of being cautious and appreciating life,” said Johnson, explaining that the memorial tournament will be an annual event, the final game of the College’s Intramural and Recreation Basketball Tournament. “Slow down and be aware, particularly when operating a motor vehicle.”
Lewis died November 18, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A graduate of West High School, Lewis was studying business at CCC. Friends and family remember him as compassionate, fun-loving, and patient.