Adreian Payne

Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends upon the passing of the little girl that stole all our hearts, Lacey Holsworth.  Rest in Peace, Princess Lacey.

“Words can’t express how much I already miss Lacey. She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I’m a better man because of her. She said she first liked me because of my smile, but it’s her smile that made America fall in love with her. I know she’s smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel.” — Adreian Payne

For the past two basketball seasons Michigan State basketball fans have had the pleasure of watching one of our favorite star players, Adreian Payne, interact with Lacey Holsworth. Lacey is a beautiful 8 year old girl that has been fighting a rare form of cancer. I was devastated this morning to learn that last night she lost that battle. No matter which God you pray to; please keep Lacey, her family, and her friends in your thoughts today. RIP Lacey.


Michigan State Spartan’s suffered a lost today, Lacey Holsworth lost her battle with cancer at the young age of 8. Lacey became friends with MSU basketball star Adreian Payne and accompanied him throughout MSU’s Big10 Championship and March Madness run. Being a big-time athlete is about more than just being a superstar and celebrity. For many people, particularly young people, they are role models. People look up to them for hope, for inspiration, for proof that you can do great things and make dreams and wishes come true. They’re heroes to these people. Adrieian Payne understood that and took that responsibility seriously. It clearly meant a lot to this little girl and her family that she got to hang out with a hero. Good man! His future in the NBA is bright and I wish him the best. Rest In Paradise, Lacey.

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Brings tears to my eyes. Their relationship is something special. 

R.I.P. Kiddo <3

Michigan State Basketball Star Adreian Payne Forms Inspiring Friendship with 8 Year-Old Lacey Holsworth (VIDEO)

Michigan State Basketball Star Adreian Payne Forms Inspiring Friendship with 8 Year-Old Lacey Holsworth (VIDEO)

Sometimes stories emerge during March Madness that force you to put down your brackets and pay attention to what’s really important.  The friendship between Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne and 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth is one of those stories.

They met two years ago when the Spartans visited a hospital where Lacey was getting treatment for neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the…

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