Robert “Skeeter” Powell Works to Include All

Skeeter Powell has always had a desire to help others.

Editor’s Note: Robert “Skeeter” Powell of Greenville, South Carolina, is an unusual individual who defines the word love. Once you read his story and learn about his calling, you’ll understand why he’s the role model for many. He’s not the most important person in his world and actually considers himself the least important. Part 2 of a 5 part series. 

When Robert “Skeeter” Powell took his first group of disabled young people to a high school football game, he got a rude awakening about the lack of inclusion. Most of the children were in wheelchairs, power chairs or walkers and the only place for them to sit was on the track behind the football players, which made seeing the game almost impossible for the children with disabilities. “Only one of these 11 children ever had been to a football game before,” Skeeter reports.”

After that game, Skeeter wanted to do something to make events, like the football game, more inclusive for children with disabilities. “Our school was building a new football stadium that met all the criteria for accessibility; however, it didn’t consider the socialization of special needs kids. If they wanted to sit in the students’ section, they couldn’t. We asked parents to write letters to the school administration, developers, architects, contractors, the superintendent of schools, and the athletic director to consider adapting the seating in the football stadium being built, so that the special needs children could socialize and be with their classmates. A reporter for the local newspaper learned of what we were trying to do and wrote an article about our concerns.” The results of these efforts was that space was made available for the special needs students in the football stadium. Today, these students have the best seats in the house.

Learn more about Robert “Skeeter” Powell and the David’s Table ministry

Next: Skeeter Powell is Called to Lead

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

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