RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Ian Stowe was a team-first player as a soccer star at William & Mary. But now he's the one needing the help.
The former Tribe player was diagnosed with brain cancer in January, and has been undergoing chemotherapy.
Proceeds from William & Mary's annual exhibition with the Kickers will be donated to Stowe and his family for operation costs.
His former coach, Chris Norris, calls Stowe a "soccer junkie". After graduating in 2011, Stowe was still found at the Tribe practices very often, helping out his former teammates.
As a senior at Clover Hill High School Ian finished the campaign with 10 goals and 12 assists, helping his Clover Hill team to a 13-3-1 record en route to earned Academic All-Region and All-District honors. More accolades were to follow as Ian was also named Dominion District and Virginia Central Regional Player of the Year, and Richmond-Times Dispatch Metro co-Player of the Year. In each of his last 3 seasons at CHHS, Ian was a First-Team All-Dominion District selection and in his last 2 years was a First-Team All-Metro player, a Virginia Group AAA All-State honoree, a First-Team All-Central Region selection, and was named team MVP. Ian was also selected to play on the VCCL Select Dallas Cup Team and for the Richmond Kickers in the Super Y League and in 2007 was selected to the Super Y ODP National Camp. As an encore to his decorated high school soccer career, Ian featured in the Virginia State All-Star game, competing for the east team. More than just a decorated athlete, Ian was also a DECA member, a part of the National Honor Society, and president of the Spanish Club.
In the fall of 2006 Ian signed a letter of intent to play soccer for The College of William & Mary. In 4 years with the Tribe played in 75 matches, in which he scored 2 goals and contributed 5 assists. He helped lead the Tribe to 2 NCAA Tournament berths, CAA regular season and tournament championships, and capped off his senior year with an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Stowe now doesn't feel very comfortable with all the attention, but he is grateful to his former teammates for pushing to help his cause. Tickets for Friday night's benefit game against the Kickers at Ukrop Park in Richmond cost just a $5 donation. Also, you can donate to his cause at stowestrong.com.