Former student remembered and honored on the court

Penn State Greater Allegheny honored the life of former student and basketball player Anthony Rivers on Nov. 19. Rivers was shot and killed on August 5, 2008. He was considered an ambitious and hardworking student by both faculty and staff members who knew him during his time at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Rivers majored in Applied Psychology, and according to his academic adviser, Dr. Elizabeth Mazur, was a hard worker who especially enjoyed his psychology and African-American studies classes, while juggling his obligations to school, work, family, and basketball. Dr. Mazur also noted that he had a lot of charm and was popular with other students, and enjoyed bringing his young son to visit campus.

On the court, Rivers is the all-team leading scorer in the history of Penn State Greater Allegheny basketball. He led the team to a conference championship in 2006 and is the only 1,000 point scorer in school history.

Before the team's home opener on Nov. 19, the campus honored and remembered the life of Rivers with a pre-game ceremony. Master of ceremonies was WTAE-TV reporter Sheldon Ingram. The school retired his No. 3 basketball jersey, recognizing his basketball career. Rivers' family, friends, former teammates and coaches attended.

During the game, CeaseFire PA had a table set up and to provide information on preventing gun violence.