In a local bar in East Lansing, David Barrett was watching Larry Bird compete at the highest level, portraying the perfect illustration of how the game of basketball should be played. While Bird ran up and down the court, Barrett began to write on a napkin in his own words the true beauty of basketball. “I had an idea, and I knew I had something special,” Barrett said. That idea changed the landscape of college basketball forever. It was on that napkin, Barrett wrote the lyrics of “One Shining Moment.”
The month of March is not only for basketball. March is reading month. So for Amy Lauerman’s fifth grade class at Thurston Elementary, the students have their own march madness bracket. However it is filled with books. “The whole idea of March is trying to get kids interested in books, and reading new books,” Lauerman said.
East Lansing — Meet Cam Holding, head coach for MSU’s club lacrosse team. Who is giving back to the game he loves by coaching Michigan State, yet Holding is still living his own dream playing professional lacrosse. Holding was drafted in 2011 National Lacrosse League Draft and helped team Canada to a gold medal in the 2014 World Championships. “That was my favorite moment,” Cam Holding said. “Winning gold and wearing team Canada on my chest.”
The red jacket is a symbol of Beaverton basketball. Roy Johnston, head coach of the Beaverton boy’s high school basketball team cemented his legacy by becoming the all-time wins leader for boy’s high school basketball in the state of Michigan. “He’s a fantastic man,” Athletic Director Ryan Roberts said. “He has meant so much to so many kids over the years.” With 15 district titles and five regional championships Johnston is still climbing new heights but what he means to the town of Beaverton, means a lot more.
It’s not every day you see a Spartan and a Wolverine side by side, but on the eve of the heated rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State, the two schools come together for one common purpose – to celebrate the life of Alex Powell. Diagnosed with cancer during his senior in high school, Powell continued to dream of becoming a Spartan. “I worked with Alex when he was a student here. To create kind of the best scenario for him as he was working through cancer treatments at the same time,” Disability Specialist Shani Feyen said. “He really really wanted to be a Spartan.”