Presented by Lincoln Property Company
March 31, 2020
Dear Supporters of The Stallings Award Foundation,
We are reaching out to our community regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, coronavirus. First things first: Our thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted by this situation, and we’re sending good thoughts to you and your family. As each day progresses with new developments, we wanted to take a moment to personally assure you of The Stallings Award Foundation’s dedication to the safety, health and welfare of our Board, our supporters, our recipients, our families and our entire community.
We continue to rely on experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, county and city health officials to ensure the safety of all. At the same time, we understand we are all looking for some normalcy in these trying times. Much has taken place over the last weeks with two of the latest announcements being Dallas County on shelter in place and the extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th as of yesterday.
Together as a Board, we are monitoring the news closely and will continue to discuss what this looks like in the coming weeks and months. We will plan to share an update regarding our May 19th 2020 award gala by April 30th. Following this update, we will also communicate any additional plans regarding a new event date for our valued supporters. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding as we navigate this situation together.
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.