Centerville, Mass. – Former Clark University men's basketball student-athlete Reed Powell has been selected to receive the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Award of Valor it was announced by ECAC Commissioner Kevin T. McGuiness.
The ECAC Award of Valor, established in 1985, is awarded annually to honor Eastern College Athletic Conference student-athletes whose courage, motivation and relentless determination serves as an inspiration to all. The recipients of the Award of Valor exemplify strength of character and perseverance deserving recognition as being truly triumphant.
In addition to Powell Cameron Lyle from the University of New Hampshire, Ali Keith from Plymouth State University, Leonard Joseph from Bucknell University, and Craig Schoaf from Emmanuel College will also be honored.
"This award signifies something so many of us in the Clark University community already knew – Reed Powell is an amazing young man with unquestioned will and determination," said Sean Sullivan, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Clark. "We are unbelievably proud for all that he has accomplished."
Powell, who survived a near-death motorcycle accident in June 2011, was in a medically-induced coma for six weeks and returned to play basketball in 2012-13 for Clark.
He returned to Clark last season as the Cougars advanced to the postseason for the first time in three seasons, hosting their first home playoff game since 2007-08.
Prior to his accident, Powell played three seasons for the Cougars, including helping Clark win a conference tournament championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament second round as a senior in 2010.
He joins former softball student-athlete Buffy Clifford (1992) as the only two Clark student-athletes to be selected for the award in its nearly 20-year history.
In May it was announced by Sullivan that the Department of Athletics had established the Reed Powell Award, which will be given out to members of the Clark athletic community who exhibit the most remarkable levels of perseverance, bravery, emotional strength, physical fortitude, and simple courage.
Powell will receive the award during the ECAC's Fall Convention on Sunday, September 29 in Falmouth, Massachusetts at the Sea Crest Resort.