Pray for Family of David Sumner

You may have already heard. My heart has been so saddened by the news of 10 year old David Sumner, a Simi Valley Viking football player who collapsed at practice on Thursday and died on Friday.

All Viking & Gold Coast Youth Football League games were canceled Saturday as a result and a candlelight vigil was held in his honor at the Apollo High School football field. That’s the Vikings home field. According to the news stations, hundreds came out.

Jonathan was at practice on Thursday night and saw the commotion around David from across the field, along with the rest of his team. We didn’t attend the vigil because we have some friends visiting from out of town.

There is no news currently about how David’s death occurred except that it was a result of bleeding in the brain. According to coaches of the team, there was nothing that occurred at practice that was out of the ordinary, and David collapsed while he was running, not as a result of any kind of direct injury.

You can read about it here or watch a news clip here or here.

Please pray for David’s family, his teammates, his coaches, and the entire league and community. This event will be a challenge to overcome and to process for everyone involved in any way.

A memorial fund has been set up for David’s family in this difficult time. If you would like to contribute, you cand do so with the following information:

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust
Memorial Fund for David Sumner
Account #0102770088
PO Box 1493
Simi Valley, CA 93062

1 Comment
  • David Sumner
    Posted at 23:10h, 18 October Reply

    So sorry to hear of this terrible situation, Certainly the family needs prayer and support. Many people are quick to react immediately after something like this but the family continues to need help for up to a year afterward.

    David Sumner, Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

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