SMC Founder’s Day

The Spartanburg Methodist College Student Government Association (SGA) is excited to announce they will host the annual Founder’s Day program on Monday, October 24th at 6 p.m., in Gibbs Auditorium (in Ellis Hall). The featured speaker is two-time world kickboxing champion and author, Kevin “Hurricane” Hudson.

The event is free and open to the public.

Kevin “Hurricane” Hudson began training in martial arts at the age of eight. At 13 he dedicated his life to helping others become better versions of themselves through martial arts training. Over the years he studied under such greats as Mr. Joe Lewis and Mr. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Hudson won multiple competitions including K.I.C.K. World Cruiserweight Kickboxing championship and the I.K.F. United States Heavy Weight title. In 2013, he earned his 7th Degree Black Belt under the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems. Most recently, Hudson published his first book, “You Can Hit the Mark-Discover How Persistence Overcomes Natural Talent.” Hudson has opened three Hurricane Martial Arts Centers in the area and sees his mission as more than just teaching how to punch and kick, but how to improve one’s quality of life through martial arts training.

“Kevin Hurricane Hudson is a world champion kickboxer who has traveled a long journey to get where he is today,” said Andy Mullinax, sophomore, director of public relations, SMC SGA. “Like our founder, Dr. David English Camak, ‘The Hurricane’ did anything it took to better himself and those around him. I’m excited to hear about Kevin’s journey and how he’ll relate it to the work of our founder.”

Also during the ceremony, the SGA Founder’s Day Faculty Award will be given to a faculty member who represents and embodies the spirit and vision of SMC Founder, Dr. David English Camak. The recipient is one who is not afraid to try new things, puts the needs of students first, and is respected in their profession and by the student body.

Founder’s Day is held in late October each year to commemorate the passing of the first by-laws of what was then, Textile Industrial Institute. In 2011, the institution’s centennial year, the SGA started the annual event to celebrate the vision and spirit of Dr. Camak. He worked tirelessly to create a learning environment where education is available to all, regardless of social status or background.

Hudson will be signing copies of his book after the event. Books will also be available for purchase. For more information contact Kim Caton, Director of Student Activities,, (864)-357-1345.