MSU student honors late friend with bike trip to Final Four

Apr 2, 2015

Derek Blalock goes for a warm-up ride near his East Lansing home before leaving Wednesday for Indianapolis. Blalock will embark on a 6,500 mile trip this summer to raise funds for heart screenings for middle and high school athletes.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

T-minus two days and counting. Two days left before the Spartan men’s basketball team strides into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to face Duke University in the NCAA Final Four. This is Michigan State’s fourth time in the Final Four in a decade. and they’re hoping to carve out their first national title since 2000. Thousands of people are pouring into Indianapolis by car or plane this week.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery met one MSU student who’s making the trip the hard way.

Derek Blalock is riding his bike more than 250 miles from East Lansing to Indianapolis. He's raising money for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation.