Presented by Lincoln Property Company
Due to scheduling issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak, we are sorry to inform you that The Stallings Award event has been cancelled for 2020.
Please know that we are as dedicated as ever to raising the necessary funds for The Ashford Rise School of Dallas and are in the planning stage for another fun Stallings Award dinner in 2021 which will honor both Coach Niumatalolo (2020 recipient) and our 2021 recipient.
We would like to thank you for your support and your belief in our mission to help improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
CONTINUING TO BENEFIT
receives the 2020 STALLINGS AWARD
Coach Niumatalolo was in Dallas Saturday, October 31, as his Midshipmen played SMU.
Prior to the game he was presented with the Stallings Award Trophy by Bill Duvall, co-founder of the Stallings Award. We are proud to add him to the list of prestigious Stallings Award recipients who are great coaches and greater humanitarians.
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.