Students remember rugby-loving Danny King with memorial game
Rugby player and teacher died one year ago
Danny King loved the game of rugby, so Liam Warren figured there was no better way to remember his coach than with a memorial match on the first anniversary of his death.
Warren was one of the Waterford Valley High School students who helped organize a rugby game Tuesday in remembrance of King, an athlete and teacher who died last year at 44.
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Students sold memorial wristbands on Tuesday afternoon, raising money for the SPCA and for a school project. The boys and girls rugby teams played a game at lunchtime on the school's pitch in St. John's.
"We decided it would be the best way to remember D.K.," said Warren, referring to the late rugby player and powerlifter's nickname
Warren played on the school's rugby team, he said, and with the Swilers. He'll always remember that King gave him a shot to play wing.
"I was like, holy cow. This guy, he must be something special, 'cause he sees potential in me," he said.
King died on Jan. 17, 2016.
'He helped me through it'
Jordan Chaulk, another student who helped organize the memorial scrimmage, said King helped motivate him through some tough times at school.
Awesome tribute to Danny King today as students played a winter rugby game on our school field 👍🏼 A great way to remember and honor DK 😍 <a href="https://t.co/PRNJ2BJ9nI">pic.twitter.com/PRNJ2BJ9nI</a>—@WarriorsWvh
Chaulk said he had a stroke at 15, and struggled with his day-to-day mobility.
"He kind of helped motivate me to stay in school and pass and do good," Chaulk said.
"And then throughout that, I just kind of went on about my life. And he helped me through it."
Chaulk said it broke his heart last year to hear that King had died.
"He had something special, he was able to be a teacher and carry authority but also be your friend. And as a student that's very special to see," he said.
With files from Ted Dillon and Don Power