Thank You, Princess Lacey

What happens when sports and real life combine?


During the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament, (Congrats UConn!) a really cool story came out about Michigan State University player Adreian Payne and 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth. Lacey, also known as “Princess Lacey,” was battling cancer all throughout the season. Payne first met Lacey when the MSU basketball team visited the hospital to do some outreach work. The two shared a brother/sister-like bond and Lacey was invited to all the home games and even got a chance to cut down the nets during senior night! That’s a huge honor!

Unfortunately, Princess Lacey lost her battle with cancer this week and died. This week, many MSU athletes and students dedicated a rock on the school’s campus to her by signing their names to it and writing “MSU Love’s Princess Lacey.” 

It’s a touching moment when athletes used their influence to make someone else’s life better, even if was just for a little while. My challenge to you as always is this; try to help make someone’s life better by your involvement with sports. It can be as complex as inviting someone over to your house or as simple as saying “Hello.” Either way, do something to help others, please 🙂

Happy Sabbath! #RIPLacey


View image on Twitter

By David Robinson

Guide magazine only prints true stories. However, we do publish some imaginative stories on the Guide website. If you want to share your story with our online readers, click below.

Claim Your Thumbuddy

See if you can add another Thumbuddy to your collection.

Enter your claim code*