DJ Williams wins Disney Spirit Award

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010

Earlier this week, CAC alumnus D.J. Williams was named the 2010 Disney Spirit Award winner. This award is presented each year to an individual or team who has overcome physical, emotional or other challenges while competing in college football, according to Disney Sports and ESPN. While most awards recognize outstanding performance on the field, the Disney Spirit Award honors those who have displayed courage and integrity and have overcome adversity. Williams, star tight end and second-leading receiver for the Arkansas Razorbacks, will formally accept the award at a Dec. 9 ceremony, presented live by ESPN. He joins other Disney Spirit Award winners such as Tim Tebow and Mark Herzlich.

“I will accept this award on behalf of my mother, my sisters and the entire Razorback family,” Williams said in an official release by Walt Disney World. “Watching my mother, who never quit, is the inspiration for me each day and a lesson for us all. My hope is the story of my family will show those who are experiencing a similar ordeal that they are not alone and there is help and a way out. To be recognized by Disney Sports and to join the list of recipients of this award is humbling and a blessing I’ll share with my family."

Williams, along with his mother and sisters, fled an environment of alcohol, drugs and abuse when he was young and moved to Little Rock, where he joined the CAC family as a freshman in high school. He thrived both academically and athletically, and was a member of the 2004 Mustang state championship football team. Now making headlines for the Razorbacks, Williams was also named a finalist for the Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tight end. This marks the second nomination in the past three seasons for Williams as a semifinalist for the award. The Mackey Award will also be presented live on Dec. 9 on ESPN.

For more information about the Disney Spirit Award, click here.