Legacy High School to play homecoming game Friday despite fatal bus crash

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The Legacy High School football team will play its homecoming game on Friday despite a school bus crash that killed the driver and hospitalized three coaches. The junior varsity game has been canceled.

The decision was made “through a collaborative discussion with district and school leadership, football staff, parents and students,” school officials said Tuesday.

“Our district’s mental health team also advises that playing the game is an important and necessary step in the recovery of the community, students and staff,” officials said.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at North Stadium against Prairie View.

“The health and safety of the players and coaching staff is the No. 1 priority,” officials said. “All students on the affected bus are being monitored and evaluated by Legacy High School’s athletic trainer who is a member of the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital of Colorado.”

Twenty-eight players were on the bus that crashed Sunday at Denver International Airport. Fifteen were varsity players.

Defensive coordinator Matt Craddock will serve as the interim head coach, officials said.

Kari Chopper, 43, was driving the school bus that went off the road and crashed into a pillar at the airport Sunday.

Her husband said she didn’t have any existing medical conditions. Toxicology reports will not be available for six to eight weeks. Police admit they might never know what caused the crash.

“The support of the Five Star community has been overwhelming,” officials said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Chopper family and for the football coaches.