R/de for McCrae at B/Spoke in Wellesley!

The 2017 R/de for McCrae was a big hit and raised nearly $2500 for the Foundation!

Thanks to B/SPOKE Studios in Wellesley for hosting, Kat Markmann for organizing and Kathy Cohen Cramer for her help with shirts! Also a big thank you goes out to all those who hip-hopped on their bikes in memory of McCrae!

#haveyourfriendsback #MW3

Cross Fit Daybreak 2017 Hero WOD Fundraiser

Incredible Cross Fit Hero WOD on Dec 16th in McCrae’s memory!

The event raised nearly $15,000 in registrations and donations for the McCrae James Williams Foundation and about 130 people participated in the WOD!

Thanks to Daybreak CrossFit in Wayland Sudbury for sponsoring and hosting this very special event!

Thanks to all who donated and worked out!

#MW3 #HaveYourFriendsBack

Cross Fit Daybreak 2017 Hero WOD Pictures

2017 MBYLL AO Scholarship & McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Award Winners Announced

From Joey Picard, Director of MBYLL Communications:

It is our great honor and pride to announce the winners of the 2017 MBYLL Player & AO Scholarships who will each receive the 1st Annual McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Award.

We had many terrific and impressive applicants from all over the league who provided incredible insights and reflections on their definition of Leadership as well as the importance of town-based youth lacrosse. Our volunteer Scholarship Committee had the nearly impossible task of narrowing the selection and choosing winners. We’re incredibly proud of all the former MBYLL athletes as well as our pool of remarkable AOs. These were all extraordinary young men who have given a great deal to this sport, this league, and their home town programs. This is a chance for all of us, collectively, to take some pride in the caliber of athletes and the character of human beings we have in Massachusetts. Job well done to all!

Winner of our 2017 MBYLL Player Scholarship & McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Award is:

Michael McLaughlin, Stoughton Youth Lacrosse

Winner of our 2017 MBYLL AO Scholarship & McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Award is:

Trevor Carroll, Norwood Youth Lacrosse

Michael & Trevor will receive $500 scholarships on behalf of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League. They will be recognized at a future Boston Cannons game and will serve as ambassadors of our league, along with past recipients Declan Buckley of Walpole Youth Lacrosse and Ryan Frost of Georgetown Youth Lacrosse.

They will also be given the McCrae Williams Memorial Leadership Award which recognizes their contribution to the sport off-the-field and in their communities. This award is named after the late McCrae James Williams of Weston Youth Lacrosse, a former MBYLL player and accomplished Associate Official. To learn more about McCrae’s legacy and the impact he had on the sport locally and internationally, please visit the website of the McCrae James Williams Foundation.

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

3v3 for #3 Memorial Lacrosse Event in Memory of McCrae

Great day this past Friday Nov 24th at the 3v3 for #3 Memorial Lacrosse Event in memory of McCrae! Nearly 140 people showed up to play some lax and share their love of the game. We raised nearly $12,000 for the McCrae James Williams Foundation!

A big thank you to Coach Matt Rowley and 3d Lacrosse as well as Josh White and Jack Suominen for organizing. Thanks also to all those who showed up to play and buy Tshirts and bracelets!

We continue to be deeply touched by your support!

Cross Fit Heroes Movement Fundraiser in Memory of McCrae

Great event this past Monday Veterans Day! Nobles sponsored a Hero Cross Fit Fundraiser with half the proceeds going to the Hero Movement and half going to McCrae’s Foundation.

The event was attended by 134 students, teachers and friends of McCrae and they raised over $2000 in his memory.

Thank you Nobles for continuing to demonstrate the meaning of community!

#noblesstrong #MW3 #haveyourfriendsback

MBYLL Donates to MJW Foundation and Announces Awards

A wonderful donation from MBYLL and their announcement of the McCrae Williams Leadership Award & MBYLL Scholarship!

Thank you Joey Picard and Larry Cordio from the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League – MBYLL for supporting McCrae James Williams Foundation with a $1000 check donation!

Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League, the largest town-based youth lacrosse league in the United States, grants an annual scholarship to both a graduating youth player and an active Associate Official. The MBYLL Player & AO Scholarship and Leadership Award is a $500 scholarship given to student athletes who embody the mission and philosophy of the league: “To Teach, to Grow, to Honor the Game of Lacrosse.” The award is given based on town coach recommendation, personal essay, and academic excellence.

Starting in 2017 (recipients TBD), the award will be called: The McCrae Williams Leadership Award & MBYLL Scholarship in memory and honor of McCrae Williams, former MBYLL player and Associate Official from Weston Youth Lacrosse.

Clams and 3D honor McCrae at Mayflower Committed Game!

Thank you Top Gun Fighting Clams and 3d Lacrosse for honoring McCrae this year at the Mayflower Committed Game on Nov 4th.

At the Mayflower Committed Game event, some of the best HS committed lacrosse athletes from both Lacrosse organizations showcase their talent and competitiveness in one of their last club games.

Check out the custom shirts with the #3 in all the jersey numbers plus McCrae’s Lafayette #50 and his Littlenecks #24!

We raised money for McCrae’s Foundation with a Raffle and bracelet sales.

Thanks to all who came to support the boys and honor McCrae!


My Google alert for “hazing” led me to an article by the Stop Hazing group under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Allan.

The mission of StopHazing is to promote safe school, campus and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention.

In 2008, the team did the most significant piece of research that I have found so far.  You can download the paper here “Hazing in View: College Students at Risk“.  The chart below shows hazing rates for different groups.  The first thing that struck me was hazing of athletes tops the chart at 74%, but what is truly unbelievable is that hazing is not just for frat boys and athletes.  The bottom two groups, Academic Club and Honor Society, have hazing rates of 28% and 20% respectively.