McPherson College will dedicate its football locker room in honor and memory of Blake Reed prior to its Sept. 30 game against Bethel College.
The dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. on the McPherson Stadium Concourse directly behind the newly constructed ticket booths at the southwest corner of the complex. The event is open to the public and there will an open house in the locker room following the dedication.
Kickoff for that night’s game is 7 p.m. The Blake Reed Memorial Football Game, in its seventh year, is held annually in conjunction with the first KCAC home game of the season and honors his lifelong enthusiasm for Bulldog football.
Reed was a student assistant coach for the Bulldog football team and died from complications of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2010. Donations will be accepted at the gate to benefit the Blake Reed Mac2Mac Football Scholarship fund. To date, the scholarship fund has raised $57,000, which is used to fund an annual scholarship to benefit one McPherson football player who exemplifies Reed’s positive spirit and attitude.
Past recipients of the scholarship include: James Temaat, John Davidson, Michael Ramos, Cole Long, Evan Clary, and Kavoderic McIntyre. The 2017 recipient of this year’s scholarship will be announced at halftime of the Sept. 30 game.
Blake was known for his enthusiasm and passion for life, not allowing muscular dystrophy to hold him back. A lifelong resident of McPherson, Blake graduated from McPherson High School in 2006 and attended McPherson College, where he became student assistant coach.
Though he could not take the field, McPherson College football coaches considered Blake the heart of the team. He learned the nuances of football and became both a leader and inspiration for the Bulldogs. He died Aug. 3, 2010, and hundreds attended his funeral in honor of his life.