Special Donation for Basketball Camp Born out of Near Tragedy

Golden Bears basketball camp on its final day, getting a donation from Safe Step Cares. Golden Bears basketball camp on its final day, getting a donation from Safe Step Cares. |  Photo: WDIO

July 13, 2017 04:44 PM

Adam Roen loves basketball. He grew up dribbling and passing in the gym at the Eveleth Gilbert High School.

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And now, he passes on that love to the next generation of Golden Bears, by hosting a basketball camp each summer. He and other volunteers help hone the kids' skills. He remembers looking up to players when he was younger.

"I had older kids standing over me, and coaches too. I wanted to give back, and give back to the school," he explained.

Roen started the camp three years ago. And three years ago, he was still recovering from a near fatal crash.

He had stopped to help a woman and her grandson who had crashed off an icy I-35. But then, he was hit by a truck himself. But miraculously, managed to get the boy to safety beforehand.

His injuries were massive. And it took a great deal of rehab to get back into basketball shape.

During that recovery time, he called Safe Step Tubs. When they heard his story, they donated a tub to him.

"I still have bad days. But that tub helps, I'm not going to deny it!" he grinned. 

And when Safe Step Cares, the giving part of the company, heard about Roen's camp, they wanted to donate even more.

So on Thursday, the final day of the 4-day camp, they showed up with a $1000 check, paid for lunch for the kids, and bought their T-shirts.

Derek Farley, from Safe Step Cares, told the kids, "He's lucky to be alive. Not just in one in ten. But one in a million. And we all know how important basketball is to him. So we decided to come up and donate the money in his name."

Roen is very grateful. "I didn't think I'd hear from Safe Step Tubs again. When they called and said they wanted to do this, it meant so much to me."

Craig Dauffenbach, from Safe Step Tubs, told us, "I grew up in a small town too. Giving back is cool. If he didn't have the tub, he probably wouldn't be able to do the camp. One little domino effect can turn something even bigger."

Roen hopes the camp can continue to grow each year.


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