WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) - A special soccer game was held Thursday night to remember a very talented teen who drowned in Lake Michigan last week.
The idea was to honor the life of Christian Oudings by doing what he loved most: playing soccer.
The game happened at Walker Charter Academy. Many wore Ouding's number -- 21 -- on their backs.
Ouding and his younger sister were adopted by a West Michigan family from an African orphanage.
The 13-year-old was at a celebration for his team in Grand Haven on Friday when he disappeared into the water, forced under by strong waves.
He had a very promising future ahead of him in soccer and was under consideration for national teams.
Everyone remembered Ouding as a great kid.
"He was a leader on the field and in the class. He would stick up for you," said Dewayne Reed of Walker Charter Academy. "He always had a million-dollar smile on his face, so hopefully we are bringing a smile to his face and to many faces for years to come doing this."
All of the money raised will go a memorial started in Ouding's name. Organizers plan to make the event an annual fundraiser.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
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An Ottawa County farmer was injured Saturday when his clothing got caught in his tractor.