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Life of Will Smith to be Celebrated at 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil

In the year since the killing of beloved Saints captain Will Smith, his death has left a void in the New Orleans community and beyond. After the one year anniversary of his passing on April 9, Smith's life and legacy will be celebrated at the Mid-City Yacht Club this weekend with a second annual crawfish boil benefitting his namesake memorial scholarship fund. 


The Cajun Buckeyes, the New Orleans alumni club of Smith’s alma mater Ohio State, will host the event on Saturday (4.15). The day of crawfish and keg beers in the Yacht Club’s courtyard overlaps with the spring game for Ohio State's football team — a fitting tribute for the College Football All-American player. 


Smith’s death at the age of 34 — following a minor traffic incident — occurred just days before the Cajun Buckeyes’ boil last year, which the club quickly changed to a memorial for their fallen alum. “He was a friend to so many in New Orleans, a good man, a gentle giant to all who knew him,” said Bobby Fredritz, member of the Cajun Buckeyes and the organizer of this weekend's boil at the Mid-City Yacht Club. “Not just Ohio State, not just Mid-City. He touched a lot of people.” 


Each year, the Cajun Buckeyes offer a scholarship to a Louisiana student to matriculates to Ohio State. A student from Ursulines Academy was granted the scholarship this year. Fredritz says the group aims to expand the program to award three students soon enough, and hopes that this weekend’s event will help raise the funds to establish an endowment with Ohio State to ensure a self-sustaining scholarship can continue. 


Tickets run $20 online/$25 at the door ($15 for under 21 attendees), with all proceeds benefitting the Will Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. Attendees can make additional donations for the scholarship fund as they wish. The Ohio State spring game will kick off at noon. Guest speaker Frank Masowitz, founder and publisher of Buckeyes Sports Bulletin, will speak at half time during the event.


2nd Annual Will Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund Crawfish Boil

Saturday (4.15), 11AM-4PM

Mid-City Yacht Club, 440 S. Saint Patrick St. 

Learn more here.

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