Family and friends honor late coach through softball tournament

Eleven teams, dozens of athletes all playing to honor Shane Steinkamp.

Most called him coach, others called him son, some called him Dad.

"He had a big loud booming voice, I really miss that," said Teresa Steinkamp.

Shane's family says he was a number of things, like a loving father, a friendly face, and someone who touched a number of lives through sport.

They say he loved all sports, but softball was his passion."

"This was what he would've loved, he was always competitive, so creating a tournament atmosphere, he would have been right at home," added Kyler Steinkamp.

Shane Steinkamp coached at the collegiate level for a number of years before taking time off to coach his own kids through the ranks. He would go on to join the Augusta Orioles, where he led the team to two state titles.

Steinkamp died by suicide in September of 2018, his family says they have had to do a number of firsts without him but say this tournament is a way to help his memory live on and a chance to encourage others to seek help if needed.

"Seeing what other families have been through, and having gone through it, it is the worst feeling in the world and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. People need to know that there are resources out there, it's okay not to be okay," said Teresa.

"There is a problem out there, and people need to know that it is okay to talk about," said Kyler.

The Steinkamp family plans to make the memorial softball tournament an annual event. They chose the second weekend in July as it falls on Shane'e birthday.

There are a number of resources available for those who may have thoughts of suicide.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide it is best to reach out to immediately for help.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day.

Call 1-800-273-8255

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