“Springfield is home for me. Every time I come home I stay in my childhood home, in my own bed. It was a great place to grow up.”
—Anthony Tolliver, 10-year NBA Veteran
Springfield holds a special place in our hearts and we know it does for lots of other folks as well. So, we decided to help rekindle some great memories for Springfield native by taking them back to the houses they grew up in. We reached out to 10-year NBA Veteran Anthony Tolliver to revisit his childhood home near Kickapoo High School in Springfield.
Tolliver operates the Anthony Tolliver Basketball Camp every year at the Courts in Springfield, so he’s home during the NBA offseason. He’s used to seeing the home he grew up in because he kept it in the family after moving out for college. His sister now occupies the home and has kept his room just as it was back in his Kickapoo days. Tolliver told us about his memories of the home, especially ones involving his mother. She passed away in 2008 after his NBA career had just begun. He recounted her support in his life and how he arrived at the name of his building development company, Say You Can.
Tolliver says that Springfield was a great place to grow up. He remembered playing basketball with friends in the driveway as a kid and the events leading up to his making an NBA team. Tolliver was a part of the Kickapoo Class 5 State Champion team in 2003. He loves that Springfield has developed a bit since his high school years and praised the city as just the right amount of big city and small town. One of his favorite things about living in Springfield is the people. Many of his friends still live in the Queen City and share business interests here with Tolliver.
You can check out more about Anthony’s apparel company, Active Faith right here! Be sure to check out the Detroit Pistons this year as well! We’ll be cheering for you Anthony!
We’d like to thank the Tolliver family for sharing their memories with us and for being a great example of what makes our city great!