Family creates scholarship in memory of SFU athlete killed in car crash

Jun 3 2019, 10:36 pm

Last May, 19-year-old Brandon Bassi passed away in a tragic car crash in Surrey.

He was a promising athlete for Simon Fraser University’s soccer program, who was involved in the junior Whitecaps program in high school.

Now, the Bassi family is raising funds for a scholarship in his honour.

“In memory of Brandon, we will be creating a fund that will carry on Brandon’s dream of making a difference in the community,” reads a GoFundMe started by the Bassi family. “All funds will be used to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community.”

“Parts of this fundraiser will be used to fund the Brandon Bassi Legacy Scholarship which will be rewarded to a student who demonstrates leadership in and outside of the classroom. Each year, one student, either male or female, will be the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship towards post-secondary education. The remaining funds will be used to make a difference in the community, a dream of Brandon’s.”

Bassi passed away on May 18, 2019, when he was getting a ride home with a friend.

Surrey RCMP reported a single vehicle collision at the intersection of 78 Avenue at 122 Street, where a Black jeep had sustained heavy damage.

Three individuals, two males and one female, were transported to the hospital in serious condition.

SFU says that Brandon was an outstanding athlete, a caring teammate, and an inspirational young man.

“There are no words to express the pain and feeling of loss we are all experiencing,” says SFU men’s soccer head coach, Clint Schneider.

The GoFundMe, started by the Bassi family, has raised a whopping $38,800 in less than 48 hours.

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