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The Springfield basketball community is standing together following news of the death of Glendale High School basketball star Amare Witham.

Witham entered his junior year with the Falcons as one of the area’s most promising prospects and had multiple Division I offers. He was on his way to becoming one of the leading scorers in area history.

Numerous Ozarks basketball personalities expressed their condolences Wednesday morning, including social media posts from rival high schools, his former coaches and others.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched for the Witham family to help the family celebrate life without having to worry about finances. Over $2,000 was raised in the first few hours of the campaign.

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Who was Amare Witham?

Witham broke into the southwest Missouri high school basketball scene as a freshman, known for his uncanny scoring ability and the confidence he displayed on the court.

The 2026 point guard appeared to be one of the most promising talents to come out of Southwest Missouri since Greenwood’s Aminu Mohammed burst onto the basketball scene during his three years in Springfield before playing a year of college basketball at Georgetown.

Witham scored 1,207 points in his two seasons as a Falcon, putting him on pace to break Springfield Public School’s Monty Johal’s points record (2,583) and rank among the top 20 point scorers in state history.

Witham had offers from Missouri State and Austin Peay.

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What Springfield Public Schools Sent to Glendale Families After Amare Witham’s Death

Glendale Principal Dr. Josh Groves sent the following email to Glendale High School families Wednesday morning:

“We have received the incredibly sad news that one of our students, Amare Witham, has passed away unexpectedly. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, teachers and all who knew and loved him.

“This is a loss for our entire school community, so we want you to know that we are here for all of our students and staff as they process this news. I know you want to support your child at home, so we recommend these tips for talking to students about difficult topics, including loss.

“To provide additional support, Glendale High School will be open today, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A team of crisis counselors will be on-site for any students and staff needing support.

“If your child needs additional support during this difficult time, please call our counseling team at 417-523-7565.”

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