This weekend marks one of the more emotional games for McPherson College football of the year, as it is the annual Blake Reed Memorial Game.
Blake was a manager with the Bulldog program for four years and passed away in 2010 after a life-long battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Blake left a legacy behind, though that resonates even five years after his passing, thanks to the Mac2Mac Scholarship, which was established by his parents, Ronnie and Terri Reed, and sister, Tiffany.
“The college has been so supportive of everything that the Mac2Mac Scholarship circles around,” Ronnie Reed said. “The college actually came up a few years back an idea with the Blake Reed Miracle Mile Run, which is held on the Saturday after [All School's Day].”
The proceeds for the Mac2Mac Miracle Mile go towards funding the scholarship, which was envisioned to go to a McPherson High School football player who had chosen to continue his career at McPherson College. Last year's recipient was McPherson High graduate Evan Cleary.
Reed says Blake's involvement with McPherson College began through his physical therapy in junior high, as his para was a coach at the college. That blossomed into a love of the school as well as the football team.
“It was a good situation and, I think, throughout those years, he did become a part of the team,” Reed said. “He truly was a part of the team. He was there at all of the practices, we followed to the games and everything. He was at every game.”
This year's recipient of the Mac2Mac Scholarship will be recognized during halftime of the Mac College game against Bethel College Saturday at McPherson Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.