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Flag football tournament held in memory of Logan Kushner

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Logan Kushner, 19, drowned in January in a Clearwater creek shortly after he smoked synthetic marijuana. Logan Kushner, 19, drowned in January in a Clearwater creek shortly after he smoked synthetic marijuana.
CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

The sheer turnout for Saturday's flag football tournament held in memory of Logan Kushner nearly brought tears to his mother's eyes.

"It is spectacular," said P.A. Kushner. "I'm going to burst into tears if you keep asking because it's amazing to see."

More than 30 teams took part in the event at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater. Many of the participants grew up with Logan.

Players with ‘Team Shake That Bear,' were like brothers to the Safety Harbor teen.

"I see all these shirts and stuff and I remember all the times we spent [together]," explained Jared Stippert.

Jared's brother Carl also has fond memories of Logan.

"He's always there he was a big part of our life," he said. "Even though he was gone he's still there."

At just 19 year of age Logan's life was cut short. In January, after friends say he uncharacteristically smoked some synthetic marijuana, Logan waded into a Clearwater creek and drowned.

As a part of her own healing process Ms. Kushner created a foundation in his name.  Everyone at Saturday's flag-football showdown was "Logan It."

"I'm Logan It' means I'm being passionate about life and something you're doing and caring about others," said Logan's mom.

Those who knew him best say he was very caring and very passionate.

"He's one of those guys that would've done anything for you," Carl Stippert added. "So to see all these people giving and volunteering and doing all theist stuff for his memory its great."

Proceeds from the event will help fund college scholarships and various charities including the National Tourette Syndrome Association because Logan had it.

At the end of the day this tournament was about much more than competition.

"Just coming out here is not about winning [but] about having a blast," said longtime friend Jesse Jeziorowski. "Logan was competitive but he had a blast with everything he did."

He would've been on the field on Saturday if he could, but his friends know he'll never be far away. 

Jeziorowski: "He's laughing at us because we haven't played [flag football] in 3 years." 

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