Our Story

On a quiet, cold 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 for many of the special things he accomplished at […]


In keeping with Alex’s memory and spirit, the Alex Popeck “Never Back Down” Foundation raises funds each year to benefit Montgomery County high school students. Each spring, college scholarships will be awarded to selected seniors whose applications best embody Alex’s qualities of caring, compassion, humility, honesty and his “Never Back Down” attitude. The Foundation will […]

Mission and Vision

  Our 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 […]

Our Principles

  • Everybody matters and is to be valued; show people respect and that you genuinely care about them (this includes friends, teammates, and competitors).
  • Help make everybody feel better about themselves.
  • Challenge friends and teammates to go beyond their self-imposed limits to improve themselves.
  • Strive to do your best, and then some, in every activity, all the time.
  • Recognize the fear that arises from facing difficult challenges, and be motivated by the opportunity to conquer them.
  • See and Act …. notice opportunities to help, protect and support others and do something about it.


The Alex Popeck Never Back Down Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Tax #ID 27-4577942.



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Caring Bridge

Visit Alex’s Caring Bridge site – “Connecting Family and Friends When Health Matters Most”.

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