Kevin Restani ’70 and Crusader Forum
When Kevin Restani arrived at Riordan High School (from St. Thomas More) in the fall of 1966, the school was less than 20 years old and had just one basketball title under its belt. Kevin’s arrival changed everything, as the Crusaders won the WCAL in his junior and senior years (1969 and 1970) and became a basketball power that has won 10 WCAL titles and 14 CCS titles since, including last year’s CCS Division III Championship. Kevin was the first true star of the WCAL and many Riordan graduates would later make their mark in the league, including Alton Byrd ’75, Erik Newman ’85, Chris Munk ’86, Terrence Mullins ’86, Dwayne Fontana ’90, John Tofi ’02, and Rob Jones ’07.
The site of Riordan’s success has been Crusader Forum, which is considered by many to be the best high school gym in the City of San Francisco and the WCAL. The gym has been showing its age in recent years, evidenced by the presence of several dead spots on the playing surface, outdated fixtures and equipment, and poor condition of the seating, skylight, and the gym walls. In an effort to provide players and fans with an optimal experience, the school launched a Gym Renovation effort following Kevin’s sudden passing in 2010.
Gym Renovation, Phases I and II
We completed Phase I of the renovation in October 2015. The Phase I scope of work included installation of new backboards and baskets, installation of two new state-of-the-art scoreboards, purchase of a new scorer’s table, and installation of LED lighting. These improvements, which cost $130,000, were funded by contributions made from 2010 through 2014, including a large lead gift from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 38.
Phase II of this project will commence during the summer of 2017 and will include the following:
- Installation of new gym floor, “Restani Court”
- Painting of game lines and logos
- Restoration of original wainscot on walls
- Painting of all surfaces, except ceiling
- Restoration of gym seating to original condition
- Replacement of skylight and windows as necessary
- An exhibit honoring Kevin Restani and the success of the Riordan basketball program
- Installation of a sound system
The improvements will have both short and long-term benefits. The renovated facilities will benefit the Riordan basketball program and the entire WCAL, as the new floor will allow for a truer bounce in all areas and more competitive play. The community will also benefit from the improvements, as Crusader Forum hosts a variety of leagues and camps for athletes of all ages and backgrounds, including youth basketball camps, Camp Crusader, AAU teams, and games for San Francisco’s Catholic elementary schools.
Support from the Community
In an effort to bring attention to this worthy project, we have formed a “Remembering Restani” Honorary Committee, which includes friends of Kevin from Riordan, former coaches, members of the USF basketball community, and friends and teammates from the Olympic Club.
Dale Allen ’72 – Mark Bechelli – Jim Brovelli – Rich Buckner ’90 – Alton Byrd ’75 – Bill Cartwright – Philip Cazahous ’70 – Dan Donovan ’70 – Bob Drucker – Rob Ennis – Steve Flaherty ’70 – Dwayne Fontana ’90 – Rich Forslund ’76- Russ Hampton ’69 – Ron Isola ’61- Rob Jones ’07 – Marty Labagh – Ken Marciano ’70 – Dan McCarthy ’71 – Terrence Mullins ’76 – Bill Nasser ’70 – Tony Pantaleoni ’70 – Brad Quanstrom – Viggen Rassam ’87 – Dave Sahagun – Bob Sarlatte – Bernie Schneider ’55 – Ed Silvia – Paul Simpson ’70 – Brad Solso – Jeff Thilgen – Joe Toboni – John Tofi ’02 – Rudy Zannini
Ways to Give To This Project
(1) Gifts to the Olympic Club Foundation
In honor of Kevin’s contributions to the Olympic Club and his work in the community, the Olympic Club Foundation has agreed to provide one of the biggest grants in its history to Riordan, generously matching the first $100,000 in gifts made to the “Restani Memorial Fund” at the Foundation prior to December 31, 2016. To make a gift in that manner, please make checks payable to “The Olympic Club Foundation” with “Restani Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Mail to: The Olympic Club Foundation, 524 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. To make a donation online, please go to www.OlympicClubFoundation.org.
Please email the Riordan Development Department at email@example.com to let us know you are making a gift through the Foundation. We will acknowledge all donors in Future Magazine.
(2) Gifts to Riordan High School
If you wish to support this project through a direct gift to Riordan, please make checks payable to “Riordan High School” with “Restani Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Online gifts can be made at www.riordangiving.com.