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Wording: Alex's Great State Presents: February is Gratitude Month, with images of a runner holding the game ball, a U-M ROTC cadet and two young women holding the AGSR banner

Welcome to the February Gratitude Campaign for Alex’s Great State Race! As you might know, the race did not occur as usual in fall 2020 due to the pandemic. While we enjoyed a wonderfully close-scoring game between Michigan State University and University of Michigan, we felt we could not safely perform the iconic race between East Lansing and Ann Arbor with our ROTC cadets and the game ball.  

So, here we are! The Alex’s Great State Race committee is excited to introduce the month of February as the AGSR Gratitude Campaign month. We are looking forward to sharing stories, videos, and pictures honoring Alex Powell, the history of the race, the MSU U-M rivalry, and more!  

To kick off this month of gratitude, join us in welcoming Juliana Powell, Alex’s mom, and critical member of the Alex’s Great State Race committee. Juliana’s passion and generosity move the race forward each year. Watch her video below to learn more about Alex, the race, and our cause.  

Alex’s Great State Race could not occur without the support of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers. The AGSR committee cannot express enough our true appreciation for how you have made this event come to life since 2014. We remain honored to have the privilege to bring Alex’s message of hope and drive into our communities. THANK YOU! And we hope you enjoy the AGSR Gratitude Campaign.   

Keep your eye on RCPD’s Ability Blog, U-M’s Services for Students with Disabilities page, as well as AGSR’s and RCPD’s social media accounts for stories coming this month:  

Several dozen U-M and MSU ROTC cadets running down the street carrying the game footballs and the US Flag
Holding aloft the American flag and cradling the official rivalry game ball, MSU and U-M Army ROTC cadets complete the final leg of their 64-mile run from Ann Arbor to East Lansing.
Juliana Powell stands in front of a group of dozens of MSU and U-M ROTC cadets on an indoor basketball court
Juliana Powell, Alex Powell’s mother, addresses the ROTC cadets at the Launch Ceremony before the Race