OLATHE, Kan. -- Families in Johnson county spent the day playing outside to honor the life of a ten-year-old boy killed while riding a waterslide at Schlitterbahn last month.
The baseball organization Caleb Schwab played for put on a day of fun in his honor. Coach Greg Smith said, "Caleb's enthusiasm for playing sports is why we're doing this."
People from around Johnson County spent the day outside at Black Bob Park in Olathe doing things they say the ten-year-old loved.
Smith said, "We wanted to get as many people together to play games, have a good time as we could."
14-year-old Andrew Dunn said, "He loved sports. He played baseball, soccer, basketball. He just about played it all." Dunn said the idea of playing outside to remember the young baseball player has helped other kids with healing. "It's helped a lot of us with his death."
They wore bracelets that said, "Can I go play," which is something Scott Schwab said his son Caleb asked often. Scott thanked the crowd with his family for the unfailing support since they lost their son. While a day outside could never replace the hole in their lives with Caleb gone, at least those who knew and loved him could do something he loved while celebrating the little athlete.