Basketball tournament honors man killed in Highway 30 crash

Basketball tournament honors man killed in Highway 30 crash
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The friends of a man killed in a February crash on Highway 30 in Madison could think of no better way to honor him than at the Mineral Point basketball tournament that was both friendly and competitive, just like him.

Kirk U’Ren was killed in a Feb. 12 crash when an vehicle hit the median and landed on top of his SUV as he and wife Jennifer Steiner headed to a University of Wisconsin-Madison basketball game. U’Ren died at the scene; Steiner, died two weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash . The couple left behind twin 1-year-old boys Kayden and Grayson .

As captain of the Mineral Point Pointers basketball team in 1998, U’Ren, then a senior in high school, led the team to sectional finals. Now, his former teammates are raising money for his children at a place where they shared their best memories: the Dick Poad Youth Tournament, a competition they played in as kids.

“This is Kirk, this is how we want to remember him. You see that, you’re going to think of Kirk and hopefully it’s going to bring back a good memory you had with him,” U’Ren’s friend Frank McGettigan said.

“You just wanted to be around him because he was that positive. His confidence just came out,” Aaron Heintz said.

The community has come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the twins, because, U’Ren’s former teammates said, once you’re a Pointer, you’re a Pointer for life.

“If we can learn some lessons from him on being generous, being nice to other people, being kind to people, you know it makes it a win,” McGettigan said.

In addition to the tournament, the Culver’s in Cottage Grove will donate 50 percent of its sales on Sunday to the family.

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