Central Michigan University’s Student Athletic Training Organization hosted a neon and glow-in-the-dark accented 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run on campus Saturday evening in honor of Midland native Reed Phillips, ’12, to raise money for an award in his name.
Phillips was attending Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, working toward a physical therapy doctorate when he was killed in a plane crash in North Elba, New York, last July.
With the help of more than 325 friends, family, volunteers and supporters who were inspired to “Live Like Reed,” SATO raised approximately $5,400, exceeding their goal of $5,000 — the amount needed to finish funding the Reed Phillips Athletic Training Award, a $10,000 endowment established by Reed’s parents in his memory.
The money will be used to provide financial assistance to athletic training majors at CMU starting in Fall 2016.
Almont junior and athletic training major Kayla Phillips is a member of SATO who helped plan the Glow Run and the remembrance lighting that followed. She said that the chance to honor Reed as part of the CMU family was extremely rewarding.
“Although Reed graduated in 2012, and I never had the chance to meet him in person, he will forever be a Chippewa,” Phillips said. “For myself and the other SATO members who have given our time to organize this event, we just wanted to help because Reed was a wonderful person who deserves to be remembered.”
Phillips was known for his positive attitude and ability to develop meaningful relationships with his professors and classmates at CMU. He developed strong connections with his instructors while earning his bachelor’s degree in athletic training.
Emily Webster, assistant professor of athletic training, said it is hard to put into words how special a student Reed was and how he impacted her and those around him.
“Reed always had a smile on his face and was able to make others laugh, even in difficult situations,” Webster said. “He was a bright, genuine young man with a great attitude and an unquenchable desire to experience life. For me, this race was a celebration of him while being in his favorite place — outside on the track.”
Donate to the Reed Phillips Athletic Training Award
Donations are tax deductible, and there are two ways to donate:
- Go online to
CMU's Development and External Relations Giving Form and select The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions from the "Select College or Program" drop-down menu. When the list of funds appears, scroll down to the Reed Phillips Athletic Training Award and click on the "+" sign. You will be prompted to enter your donation amount and payment information.
- Mail a check payable to CMU, with the Reed Phillips Athletic Training Award designated in the memo, to:
Director of Development
The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
Central Michigan University
Health Professions Building 2217
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859