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Aug, 2023

Craig Kruse Scholarship Fundraiser Buy Tickets Today!

Dear Falcon Familes, 

You are invited to the Craig Kruse Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, September 9 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Community House in Hinsdale. The link to the Fundraiser invitation is HERE

Many of you will receive this email and ask yourself, "Who was Craig Kruse?"

Craig Kruse was a valued member of our Falcon Board, and we respected his voice at the table just as our players appreciated his voice on the field. Whether he was your child's coach or not, every coach at every level would ask Coach Kruse to visit and workout with their team at some point in the season. Many current and former Hinsdale Central players point to those days as the moment they realized how much they love football and the potential inside them to grow into an exceptional human being. 


Having played football for four years at Augustana College, earning a Masters in Kinesiology from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Physical Therapy with highest honors from Emory University, Craig was uniquely qualified as Strength and Conditioning Coach at Hinsdale Central High School. He was a beloved member of the Falcon and Red Devil community. Craig was exactly the sort of person who we all move to the area hoping to get to know -- smart, dedicated, and always interesting. 

At age 49 Craig was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma in July 2021, and passed into eternal life on September 9, 2022. Commenting on his diagnosis, Craig said, "It makes you want to be a better coach, be a better father, be a better physical therapist, be a better husband." "I want to keep doing what I'm doing because I don't want to 'die' before I die." He coined the phrase "Boots On" reminding himself and others that he did not want to die before he died, but rather to live every day to the fullest and die with his boots on.

Craig selflessly devoted his time in assisting the athletes in our community as a multi-sport coach, strength coach, and physical therapist. While he did not ask for anything in return for those extraordinary efforts, if Craig assisted you, one of your children, or somebody that you know, please consider supporting the fundraiser established to honor Craig's legacy, The Craig Kruse Scholarship. 

Let us hope that we can live up to the example that Craig set in his life as a husband, father and volunteer. 

Your Falcon Football & Cheer Board 


Hinsdale Falcon Football & Cheer
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

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