A Special Tribute to Sharon Stephens
More than just a smiling face and a helping hand, Sharon Stephens was someone extraordinary! Born on New Year’s Eve in Newport Beach, to John and Carol Kasser, (and big sis – Karen) she grew up to be an All-American volleyball player at the University of Pacific and was later elected to the UOP Hall of Fame. Sharon met her husband, Cam, working in the athletic department at UC Santa Barbara. They married in 1998 and lived in various places, including the Bay Area, Orange County, Phoenix and more recently, San Diego. Sharon and Cam have a son, Cole (9) and a daughter, Casey (8).
Sharon ran the Men’s Pac-12 basketball tournament on top of planning weddings and parties. She was a Brownie leader and team mom for sports, PTA President at Chaparral Elementary and a Sponsorship Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Dawn Zwibel, Principal of Chaparral Elementary School says, “Sharon was the type of woman who would do everything for everybody and did it well! She never said no, and her support of Chaparral was endless. She was an amazing mom, PTA leader, and friend.”
Sharon had a personality that lit up a room and everyone loved being around her. In 2011, during her second battle with breast cancer, her team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was appropriately named, Team WWSD? (What Would Sharon Do?) She was an inspiration to many, as she completed the 5K with her team! Even now, her family and friends continue to keep her spirit alive as they proudly wear their team t-shirts. It is a constant reminder of what a unique and valuable person Sharon was.