Annual Boys vs Girls Lacrosse game to raise money in honor of coach who passed from cancer

By Kate Crutcher

O’FALLON – To many the word “family” is just a word, but to the OTHS lacrosse program, it is a word that defines who they are and what it means to be in their program. After every practice and before every game, the team members say the word “family” to one another. No matter if you played for one year or all four years, if you are a sophomore or a senior, once a part of the OTHS lacrosse team, that player is always a part of the family. 

“Last year we lost one our own lacrosse family members to cancer, Coach Terry Williamson. He was an excellent lacrosse, football, and baseball coach and loved spending time with his friends and family,” Jen Gabb, friend of Coach Terry Williamson, said. 

Coach Terry Williamson served in the United States Air Force for 30 years. His service as a medical service corps officer shaped him into the leader that he was for the students that looked up to him. He greatly enjoyed being involved in his community, along with coaching the students of OTHS. 

In memory of Coach Terry Williamson, the OTHS lacrosse programs are gathering to play the annual Boys vs Girls charity game, sponsoring The American Cancer Society for their friend, community member and coach. The eighth annual game will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. on the OTHS Stadium Turf Field. There is a $5 suggested donation that will be donated to The American Cancer Society.