1/30/2019 10:00:00 AM / Dhane Smith
December 17th, 2014 was a day that changed everything for the lacrosse community, the Bandits family, and most importantly the Williams family. That was the day we lost Tucker Williams, the toughest kid I’ve ever met.
It’s hard for so many people to believe.
What? Why? How?
I was one of those people. I am one of three remaining Bandits who was a member on that 2013-14 team. Being a younger kid, it was hard to wrap my head around it all. Not a lot of people can say they’ve had the privilege of being Shawn Williams’ teammate, and the amount I learned from him on and off the floor will be something I cherish forever.
What I loved most was Shawn taking me in like a son of his own, myself being one of the youngest players on the team. It was always so cool to see them bring their kids around the rink. Dyson being the oldest, you could just tell he was going to be a stud. Dylana being such an incredible singer. And Tucker was one of those kids that always had a smile, always had a lacrosse stick in his hand, and always had so much energy.
People always ask, “Why do you play this game? Who do you play for?” You would think it’s simple, right? Well, for me, it wasn’t. As I’ve grown as a player, I’ve come to realize why I play this game and who I play for. I learned a lot from this young boy throughout my career and I miss him every day.
I play this game because I love it.
I play this game for those that can’t.
I play every game like it’s my last.
I’ve always wrote initials for people that have been close to me and passed away. It’s just a reminder of why I play. This weekend I will be wearing a special custom pair of shoes honouring a young kid who fought harder than anyone I know. These shoes will then be auctioned off with all money going to the Tucker Out fundraising campaign
I will match 50 percent of the winning bid up to $500.
It’s more than a game.