Ludwig family honours their son by supporting SAIT students
It was a balmy night in August, 2012. What started as an evening of fun and philanthropy ended in tragedy.
Brian Ludwig, 42, and his team of friends had been playing in a charity golf tournament; in fact they won. They gathered in a local pub to claim their prizes, to celebrate and to socialize. As the evening progressed, a discussion about baseball with another group of customers escalated into an argument. It continued into the parking lot where, without warning, a person came from behind and punched Brian. He fell and hit his head on the pavement. Brian Ludwig died from his injuries. Manslaughter charges were laid, but no one was convicted.
When Brian Ludwig died, it left his family heartbroken; it also made headlines and shocked the city of Calgary.
Since then, Brian’s parents created the Brian Ludwig Foundation to preserve his memory, promote non-violence and support education.
Brian’s mother, Angela Ludwig, says the family chose to support SAIT because of Brian’s love of woodworking and construction. She says, even though he never attended SAIT, her son appreciated the practical aspects of the industry.
Brian Ludwig had created a thriving home renovation business, combining his knack for business and his love of woodwork and construction. He was also an avid sports enthusiast. As a young man, Brian played hockey at the Junior A level, did some coaching and even played in a European league in his early twenties. In his forties, he opted for more recreational sports, enjoying the social aspects and exercise on the golf course.
Thanks to the Ludwig family, SAIT students can now apply for two new student awards at SAIT — one for athletics and one in the School of Construction. The $500 School of Construction award goes to a student who is in financial need and demonstrates academic achievement. The $500 athletic award goes to a Trojans hockey player who is also a full-time student, who is in financial need and who also demonstrates community leadership.
Angela Ludwig says her family chose SAIT because its programs are the ones that fuelled her son’s passion. “We hope our contribution will help young people who are financially distressed. We are optimistic our contribution makes a difference in their lives.”
She says the Ludwig family has plans to expand their support of SAIT in memory of Brian. They have pledged to endow a third award and grow the other two. Angela and her husband also say they plan to leave a bequest to SAIT in their wills.
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