Big 12 women's basketball tournament: Sharane Campbell is driven to play hard after loss of nephew

The Sooners begin Big 12 Tournament play Saturday against Texas. Once the season is over, though, the junior guard wants to research Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — and why it happened to 5-month-old Kuron.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 7, 2014

“I’m out there on the court, and my sister was probably somewhere crying,” Sharane Campbell said. “I felt like I should be with my family rather than being here. There was a lot of confusion. A lot of crying during practice.”

But she was eventually able to turn her grief into something positive. She was named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman team that season and won the league’s Sixth Man Award after averaging 9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Sharane keeps a photo of Kuron in her locker and continues to play in his memory to this day.

She’s also become as involved as she can in the fight against SIDS, posting messages online to raise awareness and researching it as much as possible.

She said she’d like to do more, but the demands of being a college basketball player make it tough.

“She’s very close to her sister, and was very close to Kuron,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “It’s such a devastating type of loss because it’s unpredictable. You don’t see it coming.

“When you’re blindsided like that I think it hits you especially hard. I think she wanted to take her grief and turn it into something positive, so she became actively involved in the SIDS cause.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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