Members of the Indiana basketball community are remembering an influential publisher and promoter of the state’s most beloved game. Garry Donna, who spent more than 45 years running Hoosier Basketball Magazine, died Sunday. He was described by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as "a fixture in the Indiana high school basketball landscape." Donna was 73.
He was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. The graduate of Cathedral High School and Butler University in Indianapolis bought the magazine in 1970 and only recently stepped back from day-to-day operations.
He previously served as president of the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and spent years coordinating the annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic girls and boys games,
Tributes to Donna streamed across social media as news of his passing spread:
— IHSAA (@IHSAA1) March 5, 2017
Pacers Sports & Entertainment statement on the passing of Garry Donna, former editor and publisher of Hoosier Basketball Magazine: pic.twitter.com/G0MQA79juz
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 6, 2017
RIP Garry Donna. Did so much to promote Indiana H.S. Basketball. True icon of our great game. He will be missed by many!
— Wabash Basketball (@WabashBBall) March 6, 2017
Garry Donna was a friend to all who were involved in Indiana basketball. We share our deepest condolences to Garry’s family & friends.
— Hoosier Heritage (@HHCConference) March 6, 2017