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Free Helmets in Honor of Kam

    By Pavel Stankov. February 24, 2014 - 5:58 pm

In collaboration with ThinkFirst Hawaii and the Trauma Center at Queen’s Ken’s Helmets Night, HPU will honor the memory of Kameron Steinhoff, an HPU basketball player who suffered a fatal head injury skateboarding accident in May 2011.

Kam's Helmets

HPU’s Athletic Department is giving away 295 helmets to at the halftime of the men’s basketball game against Fresno Pacific this Monday in the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Kam’s family and T&T Tinting, where father Shawn Steinhoff works, have also offered generous support.

Founded by coach Darren Vorderbruegge and marketing coordinator Lauren Conching, the program aims to raise awareness of accidents and sports injuries prevention among children and young adults. Since the program was established, nearly 500 helmets have been given away.

One hundred percent of the ticket revenue from the men’s basketball game goes towards purchasing the helmets.

This year, there are 250 bicycle and skateboard helmets in various colors given to children and anyone with a student ID, Conching said. There are 45 black moped helmets available to HPU students; these are based on a first-come first-serve basis.

The department is also preparing stickers with Steinhoff’s characteristic “tribal superman” tattoo for students to decorate their new helmets with.

The 21-year-old Punahou graduate passed away on May 18, 2011 after losing control over a friend’s skateboard while riding downhill. Steinhoff is remembered as a beloved son, brother, uncle, courageous teammate, and one of HPU’s most promising players for the three years he as a part of the men’s basketball team.

He played in 51 games as a Sea Warrior and was named a Hawaii State Player of the Year.

All students, regardless of age or school, are encouraged to attend; helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions, call Lauren Conching at 356-5223 or email

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