The sudden death of Peter Samson last Saturday sent shock waves through the lacrosse community in southeastern Pennsylvania, writes Bruce Adams for Main Line Media News.
“He was such a positive person, and I remember how selfless he was – always looking to make other people’s lives better, not only from lacrosse standpoint but a life standpoint,” said John Begier, the boys lacrosse coach at Radnor High School.
Samson started Radnor youth lacrosse. He organized boys lacrosse in the region through his leadership at SEPYLA (Southeast Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association).
Samson served as an assistant coach at Radnor during the past year, and in 2017, he was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
At the 2009 U.S. Lacrosse Convention, he received the coveted Founders Circle Award for his work in Radnor.
Samson, a trial lawyer, played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1970s.
He was a driving force behind the annual Katie Samson Foundation Lacrosse Festival, the largest one-day high school lacrosse festival in the country.
The festival has raised approximately $2 million for charities that benefit medical research that provides care for people with spinal cord injuries.
Read more about Peter Samson at Main Line Media News here.