January 8, 2013 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Tampa Bay Storm
TAMPA BAY - The memorial service for Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver Chandler Williams, 27 years old, who passed away while at a flag football tournament in South Florida this past weekend, will be held at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church in Miami, FL on Saturday, January 12 at 12:00 PM.
Previously, the team was scheduled to make an appearance in a charity flag football game in Plant City, FL on January 12 against the Tampa Bay Sentinels, a football team comprised of first responders from the Tampa Bay area. While the charity flag football game will continue to be played, the team will not appear as players and staff will attend the memorial service for Williams.
"While we were excited to do something in the community and take part in the flag football game for charity we have suffered a loss in the Storm family", said Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. "We, the team, will be there for the family of Chandler and come together to support them through this tough time."
Rolling Thunder - an interactive exhibit of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a fellow member of the Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment family - will make the appearance at the flag football game out at Otis Andrews Park on Saturday, January 12 from noon to 2:00 PM. The appearance will feature ThunderBug along with different interactive games including corn hole and ladder ball.
Williams was set to return to the Storm for his second season. The former Florida International University standout led the AFL in 2012 with a 23.0 kickoff return average and caught 83 passes for 996 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Originally a seventh round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, Williams became just the second player from FIU to be drafted. He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.
93rd Street Community Baptist Church is located at 2330 Northwest 93rd Street, Miami 33147.