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Tom Izzo addresses crowd at candlelight vigil for Lacey Holsworth (VIDEO)

Tom Izzo

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks to fans gathered for a pep rally at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., Sunday, March 28, 2010, after Michigan State returned from their NCAA win over Tennessee. The Spartans are in the Final Four for the second straight year. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)


Eight-year old Lacey Holsworth was a child who became an inspirational figure for the Michigan State basketball team, due to her lengthy fight with brain cancer. The player she grew closest to was forward Adreian Payne, whom she frequently referred to as her “Superman.” On Tuesday it was announced that Holsworth passed away, with the news affecting those both within and outside of the Michigan State program.

A candlelight vigil was held in Holsworth’s honor at the Rock on the Michigan State campus Wednesday night, and head coach Tom Izzo gave an emotional speech to those in attendance.

h/t The Sporting News

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