L.A. Clippers' Blake Griffin continues raising funds in his friend's memory

Recent bowling event hosted by Blake Griffin in Oklahoma raised at least $100,000 for Stand Up to Cancer and the Wilson Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund.
BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN lbrinkman@opubco.com Published: August 16, 2011
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Holloway's dad, Willis Holloway Jr., said the scholarship fund previously awarded a scholarship to Oklahoma Christian School in their son's name, but the most recent donation may allow the family to do more on a larger scale to help students who have overcome adversity.

“We're pretty excited about what we can do. We want to keep Wilson's legacy alive,” Willis Holloway Jr. said. “We miss him dearly, but it's one of those things we can do to keep his spirit alive.”

His son, who was 22 when he died after a three-year battle with lymphoma, played football at the University of Tulsa and at Oklahoma Christian School.

The Oklahoman named him a first team All-City player in 2006, but he also excelled on the basketball court with Griffin: The OCS Saints were state champions in 2006 and 2007. Wilson Holloway also was a winner of the NCAA's 2008 Courage Award. Friends and family members said he never complained and always encouraged others.

At Bowling Down Cancer for Charity, Willis Holloway Jr. bowled with his wife and sons in the lane next to Griffin's parents, Gail and Tommy Griffin. He said he had known Tommy Griffin since he first came to Oklahoma City 36 years ago, and the boys were friends for years.

“Blake's an outstanding young man,” Willis Holloway said.

Gail Griffin returned the sentiment about Wilson Holloway.

“He was just the greatest, greatest kid. Sweetest heart,” she said. “He encouraged so many people.”