Friends play game in memory of boy; raise funds for foundation

by: Tina Terry Updated:

Organizers of the event said Knockout was Nikko Pinkney's favorite game when he attended summer camp last year at the center.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. —

Friends came together Saturday at the Waymer Center to remember a boy who died in a house fire.

More than 100 kids played a big game of knockout in memory of 9-year-old Nikko'las Pinkney.

Pinkney's house caught fire last year while he and his mother were sleeping. Neighbors were able to rescue his mother.

Organizers of the event said Knockout was Pinkney's favorite game when he attended summer camp last year at the center.

"He was always smiling his smile was contagious a very grateful kid...it's a tough loss for all of us," camp counselor Rashon Frazier said.

Proceeds from the event will go to Nikko's Smiling Heart Foundation to help underprivileged children.