The memory of a talented Princeton basketball player is living on through a memorial fund that helps youngsters play their favourite game.
Around $10,000 was raised after Aaron Heuser couldn’t be revived because of a heart condition while playing basketball in Kelowna 15 years ago. The money is still being used to help fund basketball programs in Princeton.
Heuser’s father gave the Princeton Basketball Association $500 this month from the memorial fund.
The young basketball players are wearing the number 13 on their shirts this season is memory of Heuser’s number while be played at Princeton Secondary School.
Heuser made Okanagan College’s basketball team after high school but soon after the season started he was put on medical leave because of a heart condition. He later passed away while playing a three-on-three tournament in Kelowna.
“He passed away doing something he loved. He was a very good player,” said Heuser’s father Ken Heuser.
Shortly after his friends and teammates raised money for a memorial fund that is still being used today. Another $500 was also donated to The Badlands Basketball Club – a program held for serious basketball players every summer.
Heuser’s memory still lives on in Princeton. His team number 13 was painted outside the Riverside Centre when he passed away, and every year since an anonymous friend repaints the number.
Donations can be made to the Aaron Heuser Memorial Fund by contacting Sandy Blaire at Princeton Secondary School at 250-295-3218.