Alex Popeck “Never Back Down” Foundation

Awarding scholarships to local Montgomery County high school seniors who best embody Alex’s humanitarian values and are making a significant difference in their family, school or community.

Our Story

On a cold AND ICY Sunday morning on his way to basketball practice, Alex’s car slid off the road resulting in a terrible car accident. Despite a valiant effort, Alex succumbed 27 days later to the injuries he suffered. Alex lived an amazing life and fought hard…

Alex’s Run

Alex’s Run is a 5K charity run/walk (with Alex’s SportsTrak, a fun event for young children) that benefits the Foundation. The proceeds are used to endow scholarships to students graduating high school who are making a difference in their community.

Alex’s Travels

Friends and family honor Alex by taking pictures of themselves wearing their Never Back Down shirts wherever they travel. View the many places where Alex “has traveled” and share your own memories.

Alex Popeck

Alex Popeck

“Most people say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I like to make grape juice then sit back and watch them try to figure out how I did it.”

Alex’s Never Back Down Principles:

  • Value others because everyone matters.
  • Challenge peers to go beyond self-imposed limits to improve themselves.
  • Strive for one’s best even when faced with challenges.
  • See and Act; notice opportunities to help, protect and support people and act on them/do something about them.

Meet a Few of Our Scholarship Winners

Omolola Sanusi

Omolola Sanusi

I try to employ Alex’s values everyday… I “never back down” from taking challenges in class.

Meet Omolola

Adam Deutch

Adam Deutch

Positive change is possible anywhere as long as people are trying to make a difference.

Meet Adam

Hannah Bentz

Hannah Bentz

Don’t limit your hopes and dreams because anything is possible. Never back down.

Meet Hannah

Alex Greenbaum

Alex Greenbaum

I want to help other cancer patients in the future and hope to start my own cancer foundation one day.

Meet Alex

Dana McFarlane

Dana McFarlane

I was the first person in my family to go to college… I never backed down; I am excited to give back to my community in any way I can.

Meet Dana

Xavier Rivera

Xavier Rivera

I help students go through their challenges in creating their own small businesses and social enterprises.

Meet Xavier

2018 Run Sponsors

Abramson Entertainment
Brand Marketing

Our Mission & Vision

The Never Back Down Foundation is an organization established in the memory of Alex Popeck, a teen scholar-athlete, to influence teens to recognize that an individual can make a difference in their community. Specifically, the Foundation seeks to recognize teens who notice and act upon a challenge, injustice or need for change in their community, school or family.

The Foundation will raise funds via community-based events and other means to award scholarships to Montgomery County, Maryland high school students attending post-secondary educational institutions. The scholarship recipients will be recognized for demonstrating how they have made a difference in either their community, school, family, or an individual’s life by adopting Alex’s Never Back Down approach; to see and act. These Alex Popeck Difference Makers are recognized each spring.

Please consider donating to the Never Back Down Foundation. All donations are very much appreciated and go toward a great cause.

Scholarships Awarded

Dollars Awarded

Never Back Down

Awarding scholarships to local Montgomery County high school seniors who best embody Alex’s humanitarian values and are making a significant difference in their family, school or community.

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