The Atlanta Hawks drafted the power forward Adreian Payne from Michigan State University Thursday night. During the event Payne wore colors in honor of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth who died of cancer in April.
There was nothing Dick Vitale could do to console the parents of Lacey Holsworth, the little girl whose relationship with Michigan State’s Adreian Payne became a story that touched the country.
Many wiped away tears, especially when they heard Heather Holsworth’s recorded message about her daughter while pictures of Lacey were shown on video boards.
One week after her death, “Princess Lacey” remains a focal point on the campus of Michigan State University.
The family of an 8-year-old girl who befriended Michigan State University basketball star Adreian Payne is asking that people attending her memorial service next week wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.
Tom Izzo was among those who honored Lacey’s memory during a rally on the MSU campus following her death Tuesday from cancer.
The crowd stood to applaud Payne, who spoke softly in accepting the award, saying he nearly didn’t travel to Los Angeles after the girl’s death but was encouraged to by her father.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo addressed crowd, describing Lacey’s strength in her final days.
A memorial service will be held next week for an 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne.
For Branden Dawson, 144 characters would not be enough to express his feelings about the young girl.