On Sunday 4 May 2008, 17 year old Sam Davis' life was tragically cut short. A fiercely loyal young man with an ability to make friends, Sam made a huge impact on many. From an early age Sam defended those being bullied, carrying this on through the rest of his life.
Sam had many notable achievements, but none more than his talent and passion for sport. Playing state soccer, indoor and outdoor cricket and indoor netball from an early age, Sam excelled at any sport he put his mind to.
At the age of 15, after playing soccer for many years, Sam switched to play a season of Aussie Rules Football with his friends and found his true sporting love. Placing runner up in the best and fairest and making the Southern Under 16s Team of the Year after playing just 10 games in the season, football was another sport in which Sam shone. This talent was recognised by South Adelaide Football Club who recruited Sam for the very next season.
Sam was giving with his personality, crazy character and his love of life, and squeezed so much into his short life. Always busy, he walked earlier than most, rode his bike without trainer wheels before the age of two, and was always up for an adventure. Forever the entertainer, Sam made the most of his life, almost like he knew he only had a short time.
The decision Sam’s parents had to make when faced with organ donation was simple, it was his intention and they knew that. Sam was blessed with a perfect body and they wanted to make sure that him being taken was not for nothing.
Following the devastating loss of Sam, his parents, Nat Cook and Neil Davis, founded the Sammy D Foundation with the ultimate aim of providing skills to young people in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
Ten years on, the Sammy D Foundation has spread Sam’s message across hundreds of schools, community groups, and sporting clubs raising awareness and educating over 80,000 young people about the consequences of violent behaviour, and the risks associated with alcohol and drug misuse.