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HPU basketball to honor player who died after skateboarding accident

Kathleen Steinhoff Kathleen Steinhoff
Kathleen Steinhoff shows a locket containing some of her son's ashes Kathleen Steinhoff shows a locket containing some of her son's ashes
Kameron Steinhoff Kameron Steinhoff
Darren Vorderbruegge Darren Vorderbruegge

By Steve Uyehara – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kathleen Steinhoff wears some of her son's ashes around her neck to every HPU game.

She loves looking at old pictures just about all of them with Kameron in a jersey. As she put it, basketball was his life.

"I look forward to watching him play," she struggles to say as she fights back the tears. "And him not being here right now... It's different."

HPU will play Western New Mexico and pay tribute to Kameron in the process.

They'll have a moment of silence and a couple of surprises for the Steinhoff family.

"We miss him every day," says Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge. "We think about him. This is part of the healing process for our team still and for Kam's family and friends, a chance for us to come together and keep reminding ourselves how valuable he was."

But they'll also be collecting a $5 admission at the door.

That money will be used to buy helmets for students who use bikes, skateboards or mopeds.

It's a chance to let Kameron's legacy live on and a chance to let his mom feel a little bit of peace.

"Like I said, I wish I could bring him home," says Kathleen. "That would be my one wish just to bring my son home."

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