Football field lights a legacy rising from tragedy
Prince Albert also renames field to honour Max Clunie
Posted: Oct 20, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2012 6:50 PM CST
New lights have been installed at a football field in Prince Albert to honour a young player who died in a plane crash.
Max Clunie, 15, was killed in July.
His father, Russell Clunie, said the idea to install lights at the field arose as he recalled his son being impressed playing under lights during a game in Saskatoon.
"We played in the Kinsmen Football League," Clunie said. "Him and I were driving home in the car... and he just looked at me and said, 'Why can't we play under the lights? Why don't we have lights in P.A.? You should get lights up in P.A., dad.'"Max Clunie asked his dad if Prince Albert could play football games at night. Courtesy: Russel Clunie
His son's observation resonated and soon after the boy's death, Russell — who was also a football coach — was part of the Friday Night Lights committee.
Another committee member, Randy Emmerson, said the community responded generously — and quickly — raising the needed funds to get lights in just three weeks.
"It's not how you fall, it's how you rebound," Emmerson said, recalling how people took to the project in the face of their grief. "I think this is part of the rebound for our community."
Russell Clunie said the family has been deeply moved by the outpouring of support.
"The support is absolutely part of our healing." he said. "We're not healed, but it's been wonderful."
The football field was also renamed The Max Clunie Field.(With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon)
Latest Saskatchewan News Headlines
- Province mulls creation of prize-fighting commission
- The provincial government may get into the fighting ring as officials consider the pros and cons of establishing a combative sports commission. more »
- Senator Merchant remains mum on off-shore trust
- While many senators are talking about the expense scandal this week, one senator from Saskatchewan has remained mum about a separate controversy involving an off-shore trust. more »
- Man charged in brutal Saskatoon attack
- Police have charged a 24-year-old man with fracturing another man's skull in a brutal attack. more »
- Blades' Dalton Thrower suspended for rest of Memorial Cup
- The Canadian Hockey League has suspended Saskatoon Blades defenceman Dalton Thrower for the rest of the Memorial Cup tournament for his check to the head on Portland Winterhawks forward Taylor Leier. more »
Top News Headlines
- How was the Mike Duffy report 'whitewashed?'
- Opposition parties pushed the government on Thursday to answer questions about the "whitewashed" Duffy report while the RCMP is also seeking more information from the Senate as part of its review of questionable expenses. more »
- 2nd suspect in Tim Bosma murder case to plead not guilty
- The lawyer for Mark Smich says the Oakville, Ont., resident will plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma, the Hamilton man who disappeared earlier this month after taking two men on a test drive of his truck. more »
- Chat about the rise of binge TV watching on Thursday 7 p.m.
- After a seven year hiatus, Netflix is set to release a new season of Arrested Development -- and some fans are already predicting they'll watch all 15 episodes in one sitting. This week on CBC Live Online, host Lauren O'Neil will speak with a panel of guests and viewers like you about the rise of binge TV watching. Harmless hobby or horrible habit? more »
- SNC-Lavalin letter says Gadhafi son offered VP post: RCMP
- SNC-Lavalin's ties to Libya's former dictatorship ran so deep the company offered the son of Moammar Gadhafi a six-figure job as a vice president in 2008, according to a newly unsealed RCMP affidavit. more »
- Saskatchewan gets D on health report card
- Regina man dies after north end incident
- Wallin refuses to answer questions about repaying expenses
- Gordon Barnhart critical of Senate expense claims he saw as clerk
- Delayed sentencing of chief frustrates some
- Senator wipes tears from eyes discussing expenses scandal
- Fire destroys only bar in Lafleche, Sask.
- End solitary confinement, says former female inmate
- Transgender bride files human rights complaint