In memory of late father, former Union standout dedicates her final collegiate season

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The greatest guy Courtney Powell has ever known, her dad Scott, passed away from complications of COVID-19 in February at the age of 56.

“I still think it is some thing I’m not over,” Powell said. “Our family is deep in the grieving stages,”

Powell’s father was her biggest fan and watched every one of her state-record 189 goals at Union high school. Powell went on to have a great soccer career at Iowa State, leading the team in scoring and earning all big 12 honors.

After her dad passed, Courtney decided to use her Covid-19 extra year of eligibility to play one more year for him.

“I’m hoping to use soccer as a way to get away from all that and find some positives I knowing that I’m playing for my dad,” Powell explained. “,With me and playing and dedicating the season to my dad, it is bringing me some joy and it is bringing me some purpose,”

Courtney moved to North Liberty to be with her fiancé and will be playing her final season for the Iowa Hawkeyes. She has been training at total elite soccer in Iowa City putting her body through some grueling workouts.

“Anytime my legs are getting weak or I’m breathing heavy thinking I can’t go any further, I think back to those moments,” Powell said. “I think back to what my dad had to go through. I am all in. I don’t want to go into this not giving everything that I can.”

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