“Hoopfest only brings about the best memories, and will forever hold a special place in my heart,” says Trina. Although Steven passed away from Stage IV brain cancer on August 11th, 2015, exactly 6 years to the day he had got engaged to his wife Trina, his legacy at Hoopfest will always live on.
(Photo from Trina’s first Hoopfest Weekend with Steven)
Steven Beaumont played in his first Hoopfest when he was in 4th grade, nearly 20 years ago, and hasn’t missed one since. He even won two Hoopfest championships throughout his playing years and loved every minute competing on the streets. Whether Steven was playing or watching, Hoopfest weekend was a tradition that he wouldn’t miss for the world.
“At first I loved Hoopfest because I knew how much Steven loved it,” says Trina, “but then I grew to cherish those weekends, and was equally as excited when June rolled around. Hoopfest only brings about the best memories, and will forever hold a special place in my heart.”
Steven grew up in the Portland area and attended Portland Christian K-12th grade. In high school, he set the record for the most 3-pointers in a game and that record still holds today. Trina attended her first Hoopfest nine years ago to watch Steven light it up from downtown.
“I loved seeing Steven on the basketball court because that was his sweet spot. He loved the competition, camaraderie and he was a phenomenal three point shooter. But Hoopfest is more than just a weekend of basketball. It’s a tradition, a very special one. It’s time spent with Steven’s favorite people.”
Steven played with his cousins Jon and Andrew on and off throughout the years and once won $200 in a shooting competition between games. Steven showed his strength by playing in two more Hoopfest’s after his brain surgery.
Hoopfest weekend was tradition for Steven and his family. “It’s hard to pick just one favorite memory,” says Jon, who is Steven’s cousin, “Hoopfest has been a family tradition for so long, we look forward to the weekend all year. On Friday night we map out all our friends’ and families’ courts and our plan of attack for Saturday morning. Hoopfest to us is about coming together, supporting family, and having a ton of fun.”
From Friday night with the family to The Old Spaghetti Factory after the last game Sunday, Hoopfest was something Steven enjoyed.
Even though Steven loved watching his hometown Blazers and also enjoyed watching the Seattle Seahawks, nothing compared to the magic of Hoopfest Weekend. Steven and his wife also enjoyed “…spontaneous date nights, morning walks to Starbucks, game nights with our friends, hiking, tennis and ping pong, being involved in our church, country concerts, watching episodes of Friends and Friday Night Lights.”
Steven Beaumont has two teams playing in his memory this year. Beaumont Love consists of Reid Carrell (cousin), Travis Baker (brother in law), Brian Beaumont (cousin), Derek Krause (friend). Beaumont For Three consists of Jon Dresback (cousin), Andrew Dresback (cousin), Sean Widmer (friend), Kenny Befus (friend). Steven’s family also raised money this year to do a backboard in memory of Steven.
“This Hoopfest will remain a time to come together, support family, and have a ton of fun,” says Jon. When asked about what this year’s Hoopfest will mean to everyone who knew Steven, Jon responded, “Not only will we play each game for the W, but also as a way to celebrate Steven’s life and one of his passions.”
Although Steven passed away from Stage IV brain cancer on August 11th, 2015, exactly 6 years to the day he had got engaged to his wife Trina, his legacy at Hoopfest will live on.
Leaving behind his wife Trina, his father Dan, his mother Jan, his sister Amy and much of his extended family, Steven will always be remembered for his amazing personality, his long range three’s and his love for the game of basketball and Hoopfest weekend.