Presented by Lincoln Property Company
May 19, 2020
Dear Supporters of The Stallings Award Foundation,
Tonight was set aside to honor Coach Niumatalolo for his efforts as an exceptional humanitarian and head coach at Navy. We all look forward to this night each year. Most important, this night supports The Rise School of Dallas.
With COVID-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your community health and peace. While we are extremely disappointed to not see your faces in person this evening, we look forward to celebrating with you soon and will plan for a date to celebrate in the fall.
Thank you all so much for your support and dedication to The Stallings Award Foundation. Your efforts will make a difference in the lives of children with intellectual disabilities, and now is as important of a time as ever.
Our plan is simple, we will celebrate together once we are able and we will support the Rise School. Please reach out if you have any questions.
The Stallings Award is now in its 9th year of honoring a college head football coach for their contributions in their community, and achievements on the field. We invite you to be involved this year as we continue the tradition of celebrating individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The Stallings Award Foundation
May 19, 2020
Dallas Country Club
Featuring Bruce & Kelly Robison
& PRIVATE CONCERT
The Stallings Award is now in it's 9th year of honoring a college head football coach for their contributions in their community and achievements on the field.
We invite you to be involved this year as we continue the tradition of brotherhood and family throughout the college football community.
Named in honor of Gene Stalling, this unique award is presented annually to an exceptional NCAA Division I college head football coach in recognition of humanitarian contributions in addition to achievements on the field.
Gene Stallings’ career as a football player and coach is well known. At Texas A&M he played for the legendary head coach Bear Bryant. He served as an assistant coach for Mr. Bryant at The University of Alabama and The Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry. He was the head coach of Texas A&M, the NFL’s Cardinals and The University of Alabama.
Off the field, he and his wife, Ruth Ann had five children. In 1962 their son, John Mark “Johnny” was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect. Medical professionals predicted Johnny wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged the Stallings to institutionalize him – conventional wisdom at the time. Gene and Ruth Ann never considered that option. Johnny won the hearts and adoration of everyone who took the time to know him, and, proving the doctors wrong by leading an active life, he became a vital part of his family, his community, and his father's career.
When Coach Stallings returned to The University of Alabama as head coach, The Stallings family immediately became strong advocates for the Rise Program – a program initiated on the Tuscaloosa campus in 1974 designed to serve young children with physical disabilities.
In large part due to the notoriety of the Alabama football team’s 1992 national championship and involvement of coach Stallings, the university’s capital campaign, which included a new facility for the Rise Program, met its fundraising goals. The Rise Program was able to expand and become the state-of-the-art, accredited program that serves as a model for the development of similar programs across the country, including the Rise School of Dallas.
Proceeds are donated to The Ashford Rise School of Dallas. The mission of the Rise School is to provide the highest quality education and therapy services to preschool children with and without developmental disabilities.
IN HONOR OF JOHNNY STALLINGS
The Johnny Stallings Award is given to an individual or a company that recognizes the value of helping those with special needs. This individual or company demonstrates the compassion and courage to make a difference by giving those with special needs an opportunity to become part of the community in which they live.