Many fans will prepare for Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State game with a tailgate of some kind. Ann Arbor 12-year-old Sam Sugermen, on the other hand, will make a 68-mile bike ride.
Sugerman, a Michigan State fan in spite of his hometown, will ride his bike from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing to the Big House in hopes of raising $3,000 for Ann Arbor Active Against ALS.
The father of a classmate of Sugerman’s was recently diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). With his December Bar Mitzvah on the horizon, Sugerman had his inspiration for the community service project that Jewish boys are asked to complete before becoming a man.
“I like biking and I like Michigan State so I put the two together,” Sam said.
Sugerman’s parents have charted the 68-mile route, which will take their son over country roads as opposed to highways and is expected to result in a seven-hour trip. He’s sure to be tired at its completion. If he’s lucky, he’ll be able to celebrate with a Spartans victory as an early 13th birthday present.