Honoring Bobby Hoffman: Benefit raises funds for court in Jacksonville icon's name

Story by KHQA's Ace Henricks

Six years ago, Bobby Hoffman found himself embarking on a mission. A mission to reinvigorate the Jacksonville High School Basketball team by upgrading their unique home court. He and head coach J.R. Dugan began to coordinate the funding efforts. A golf outing was born, one that would eventually turn into much more than birdies and bogeys.

It grew every year as Hoffman garnered more support for his cause. His untimely death could have halted the progress, but with the help of family, friends and The Links in Jacksonville, this year's outing served as a memoriam for a man truly beloved by many. So beloved and inspiring, the Jacksonville School Board unanimously voted to rename the playing surface at The Jacksonville Bowl, Bobby Hoffman Court.

A fitting tribute to a man who became a staple of Crimson basketball, largely due to his positive attitude and caring nature.

Hoffman was always sharing his passion of bringing life back into the Bowl through fundraisers like the outing. It's no surprise that his friends and family are leading the charge to finish what he started. Whether its chipping, putting or mixing lemonade, everyone in attendance found a way to show their support. Hoffman's vision did not fade - just take a look inside the Jacksonville Bowl in Fall 2014 and you'll see a shining example.

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