The week of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University football game is regarded as “rivalry week”, but this year begins a new collaborative tradition.
On Friday, October 24th at 3:30pm on the eve of the famous football battle we honor Alex Powell’s determination to become a Spartan in the face of adversity. Alex received a serious cancer diagnosis his senior year of high school and the RCPD was there at the very moment partnership was needed.
RCPD director, Michael Hudson, emphasizes the instrumental role the RCPD plays in students with Chronic Health, like Alex, or other disabilities. In describing the RCPD approach, Hudson remarks “we are here when life happens”.
RCPD assisted Alex in maximizing his ability and opportunity during his first year at MSU and throughout his last year of life. Concurrently, Alex received treatment at the University of Michigan’s Cancer Center. Contributions from Alex’s Great State Race strengthen both the RCPD and the Services for Students with Disabilities at U of M, truly embodying the missions of serving student needs no matter the school affiliation.
In the spirit of ability, the gameball will be run from U of M’s Big House all the way to Spartan Stadium. The astounding 64-mile race will take ultra marathoner, Michael Richmond, and ROTC cadets from both universities approximately 11 hours. The physically demanding and rigorous journey symbolizes Alex’s determination to succeed as a Spartan.
Alex Powell certainly left a legacy. Hudson remarks, "disabilities are a natural part of life."
While few would choose to acquire one, we would all welcome partnership, compassion and hope that the disability would not stifle our dreams.
Team RCPD is honored to embrace needs of the Powell family and others facing similar challenges.”
Join family and friends this Friday, October 24th, at 3:30pm as the game ball reaches MSU on Demonstration Hall Field, behind the Spartan Statue.