ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A high school football player from Kansas who was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood where he died, will be honored at his team’s playoff game on Saturday.
Luke Schemm was airlifted to the hospital on Thursday where he was declared brain dead. He was kept alive so family, friends and his football team could pay their respects. He died after his family made the decision to take him off life support.
Schemm, 17, had just scored 2-point conversion after a touchdown when he ran to the sidelines and collapsed. It happened during a playoff game between Wallace County and Otis Bison schools in Sharon Springs, Kansas about 220 miles east of Denver.
The family hopes the team will continue to play well in the playoffs because they know that’s what Luke would have wanted.
“He wants us to continue on as a family, as a school, and as a community and I only hope that we can live up to the example that he has placed upon us to do,” said Luke’s father David Schemm.
The team and classmates were planning to release balloons at the playoff game in Luke’s memory.
The Sharon Springs community set up a donation page for the family to help pay for the funeral. The family plans to use any extra donations to set up a scholarship in Luke’s memory.