TIFFIN, Ohio (WJW) — Heidelberg University announced the passing of one of its own Sunday morning.
Curtis Helman, a sophomore football player at the school, was tragically killed in an ATV accident in Wood County, the university said in a statement. Police said the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. after Helman hit the bank of a ditch while riding the vehicle.
Helman was originally from Brunswick, Ohio.
“We ask that all of us keep Curtis’s family, parents Greag and Diane and sisters Brooke and Brianna, as well as his football family and his ‘Berg friends in our thoughts and prayers,” said the school in a statement, which was attributed to the university’s head football coach, president and dean of student affairs.
Students dealing with grief were also reminded to reach out for a listening ear, and told to call 419-448-2041 or email email@example.com to set up a counseling appointment.
“During difficult times like these, the true meaning of ‘the Heidelberg family’ comes into clear view,” the school said in the statement. “Please reach out for support if you need to, lean on each other and provide care for Curtis’s friends and family who are just beginning to grieve.”
Some of Helman’s old coaches and teams also took to Twitter today following the tragic news: