Jersey Shore is a close-knit community. She always was. The area residents have responded when they found out. The Engle family needed some major love. Much has been done to praise Senior Bulldog Max. The support is overwhelming. Many other area school districts have also stepped up. I loved seeing all of the tributes and the kids dressed in orange.
“The community outreach has been fantastic,” District Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer explained. “There are events popping up all over in terms of fundraisers. I applaud the other neighboring districts for wearing their orange. We will continue to support the family internally however we can. I’ve received hundreds of messages from all corners.”
Max Engle is a senior football player who collapsed in the final moments of a closely contested game. Engle was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Where he has since stayed. Both teams decided to end things in a tie. Jersey Shore also postponed their upcoming game with Shikellamy out of respect for Max and his family. “We will play again. But our players need some time.”
I do not, nor do I want to know all of the details. This is a sad and scary situation, regardless of what you hear. I would remind people to be careful when they post. This is a time to support Max and the Engle family. Period. No need to comment or spread. Seeing a healthy footballer go down is a tragic scene. Please remember that Max is a son. A teammate. A classmate. And a friend. I can’t even fathom.
“We would like to thank everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers.” A family statement read. “PLEASE keep them coming. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered their support. If we haven’t responded, please know that we have received and appreciate your messages. Our focus is with Max right now. We are only sharing details with our family and friends. We kindly ask for privacy. Max is strong, and he is a fighter. Please keep him in your thoughts. #4.”
I was moved by all of the photos that were shared online. Kids from everywhere were dressed in orange. The tributes were incredible. Folks from all over shared their love. It wasn’t just here either. Many of the schools in the coal region also got involved. It was beautiful to see so many smiles that wanted to praise our guy, Max. Many local restaurants and even Little League Baseball did what they could. #4. is everywhere. As it should be. I, too, am praying for Max and his family.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with costs. It has surpassed the initial $30,000 goal, and it continues to rise. The Jersey Shore Area School District will continue to provide support, and additional counselors are on hand. It was a tough week for everyone. My heart aches not only for the Engles but also for the entire Bulldog family. Cheers.