We’re saddened to report the loss of Max Engle, a young football player from the Jersey Shore area, who passed away last Friday due to a head injury he suffered during a game. Max’s family shared their emotional update through the Jersey Shore Area School District’s Facebook page.
In their heartfelt statement, the family said, “Max has been fighting hard throughout this week, but he needed to move on to fulfill a greater purpose. On Friday, September 15th, he joined the Lord and those who loved him and have gone before him. Please know he felt all your love and prayers.”
Max was just seconds away from the end of the game on September 8 when he collapsed while leaving the field at Harold L. Bolig Memorial Stadium in Selinsgrove. Dr. Brian Ulmer, the superintendent of Jersey Shore, gave a worrying update four days later, mentioning that Max’s condition had worsened significantly and the medical outlook was grim.
Despite the tragedy, the community rallied around the Engle family. Many people wore orange this past Thursday to show their support, and a fundraiser spearheaded by Max’s best friend, Liam McClain, has raised close to $55,000.
The Engle family expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming support, stating that the generous contributions will be used to honor Max’s memory and to promote a message of community and love. “He will be greatly missed every single day and we know he will be with us in everything we do,” they shared, adding, “Although Max’s next adventure is not what we thought, we know he is doing greater things than we had hoped for him.”
Our thoughts go out to Max’s family, friends, teammates, and all affected by this devastating loss. Talented, loved, and sorely missed, Jersey Shore Football Player Max Engle was an inspiration.