Steel Crawford of Freeport, Maine, drowned Friday after leaping from a rope swing right into a river. He was 17.
Crawford “landed awkwardly in deep water” after letting go of the swing and by no means got here again up, officers stated. He would have began his senior 12 months of highschool in three weeks.
A spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife stated Crawford was swimming with associates at Pleasant Point Park in Buxton on the time of the incident. A marine sport warden pulled his physique from the Saco River.
Crawford was a faithful lacrosse participant who additionally cherished to fish, in response to family and friends. His father, Ben Crawford, instructed the Portland Press Herald that Steel was “good, clean, happy fun.”
“Everybody loved that kid,” Crawford’s good friend Ryan Baker stated. “He was a great guy, all around.”
Baker began off as a rival of Crawford in lacrosse just a few years in the past, however the two ended up associates. He stated he needs they’d extra time collectively.
“It’s just tough because I didn’t really get to have a summer with him,” Baker stated.
Crawford was captain of the Freeport High School varsity workforce final 12 months, and he hoped to play in school. Freeport High principal Jennifer Gulko stated in an announcement that she was shocked and saddened by the information of his demise.
“Steel was often seen cheering on other FHS athletic teams along with his friends,” she stated. “We will remember Steel’s zest for life, his smile and his loyalty to his friends and teammates. He will be deeply missed by all.”
Asked to share his hopes for senior 12 months within the yearbook, Crawford stated “I want to make it deep into the playoffs for lacrosse.”
As a tribute to Crawford’s prowess at and love for the game, associates are organizing a charity sport in his honor.
Baker stated he awakened round 3 a.m. Sunday with the thought for the sport. He had been sleeping on a good friend’s sofa as a result of he didn’t need to be alone.
“I was like, ‘I need to do something,’” he stated.
He initially hoped to lift about $500 and have a 30-man lacrosse sport branded #SteelRobust in Crawford’s honor. As of Tuesday afternoon, the occasion had raised greater than $12,000, and Baker needed to cap the sport at 100 gamers.
Baker stated he and the opposite organizers predict about 1,000 folks to point out as much as play in or help the sport at 5 p.m. Sunday at Freeport High School. T-shirts, decals, meals, and extra have been donated to help the occasion. A gaggle is even filming the sport professionally to make a video for Crawford’s mother and father, Baker stated.
The cash raised will cowl the price of Crawford’s funeral and any further funds will likely be used to arrange a scholarship in his honor.