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Bursaries to honour Chestermere teen and local lacrosse team plays in his honour

Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 4:21 am MDT


High school bursary set up to honour Chestermere teen, Jaydon Sommerfeld.

Donations accepted online (legup.ca), at two local schools, and at Sommerfeld's funeral.

Silvertips Lacrosse team raises money for family.

A Chestermere family, mourning the death of their 17-year-old son who was killed in a Trans-Canada crash June 9th, has set up a bursary in his honour.

Jaydon Sommerfeld was airlifted from the crash site on the east side of Chestermere, after three vehicles collided at a busy intersection.

The young driver died a day later in hospital.

In honour of the teen, which his family has described as kind, integral and dedicated, the bursary goal was increased to $15,000.

The $10,000 original goal for the ‘Leg Up‘ online campaign, was surpassed on Sunday.

The bursary will go to a grade 11 or 12 Chestermere student who demonstrates Sommerfeld’s love of life and excels in academics and athletics.

Donations are also being accepted at Chestermere High School and Rainbow Creek Elementary School.

Sommerfeld was a rookie with the Rocky View Silvertips Lacrosse Team at the time of his death.

All proceeds from 50/50 draws at their game at the Plainsmen Arena in Airdrie Sunday afternoon will go into a bursary supporting future players.

Kerry Vokeroff, General Manager and President of the Silvertips lacrosse team said the team is having a hard time but the support has been amazing.

“It’s been an emotional time but again that’s to be expected, there have been a lot of tears we got great coaches, excellent parents, parents are very good and everyone has been very supportive and that’s kinda, you come together right that’s all you can do.”

Vokoroff said Sommerfeld was a dedicated player.

“He was the kind of young man that everything he did he did a hundred percent. He’s an outstanding student, outstanding player, awesome person.”

On Friday, the Silvertips are hosting a pub night at the Canadian Brewhouse in Airdrie.

Funds raised there will help the Sommerfeld family offset the costs of final expenses.