Some say Kevin overachieved in every aspect of his life. That wasn’t because he was lucky… he had an amazing work ethic, he was determined, passionate and confident. He expected a great deal from his players, his coaching staff and everyone in his life, including himself. This is why Team Brown always felt he could do anything that he set his mind to.
In the winter of 2017, Kevin decided that he wanted to develop a five-year plan for retiring from education. He set age 55 as his potential retirement date. In January 2018, he decided to purchase a small campground in Carlock, Illinois. He loved Kamp Komfort and looked forward to this being his retirement job someday. This was where he would someday transition from Coaching Kevin to Camping Kevin… and these were sometimes distinctively different people.
Life was great. We decided to downsize and move into a newly remodeled home at the campground. When not teaching and coaching basketball, Kevin would sit in our cabin-like master suite and overlook Kamp Komfort. He was so proud of his new venture and he was great at it! In June 2018, five months after starting this new adventure, he began to experience what he would call minor issues. It began with slurred speech, as if he was numb from going to the dentist and a strange taste in his mouth. It would come and go and he could never really explain it.
The recent Washington High School grad says he always wanted a way to honor his former coach Kevin Brown, who died of brain cancer two years ago.
The KB Strong Foundation has donated $30,000 for glioblastoma and brain tumor research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.