GP M.A.D.E. teamed up with Mizzou wide receiver L’Damian Washington and The Crossing Church to spread some holiday cheer on Monday, December 2. The pair put on some Santa hats and gifted approximately 60 pairs of shoes to the kids of Coyote Hill. Afterward, there was a small party with hot chocolate and cookies to share the Christmas spirit.

Coyote Hill is the recipient of GP M.A.D.E.’s One Step Forward shoe mentoring program, their mission is to give children in foster care a safe place to be children and work to end child neglect and abuse.
In an interview with ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman, Coach Pinkel said that the foundation has been doing very well in its first year.

“I feel like I’m doing something significant, we’re really trying to reach out and help kids,” Pinkel said. “We’re going to keep trying to raise more money to help more kids.”

Washington, who is also a board member for the foundation, said the event is beneficial for everyone involved.

“I think it’s wonderful, just seeing the smile on these kids’ faces, just seeing the turnout that we got,” Washington said. “I think it always just does good for everybody because the kids are happy, and giving back just makes everybody heartful.”

GP M.A.D.E. chose Coyote Hill because the organization is a perfect reflection of the foundation’s own goals— making a difference every day in the lives of others.

Coach Pinkel attended an away game watch party hosted by Dan Devers, Jason Andrews and Steve McCarton Saturday in Kansas City for Mizzou’s game versus Georgia. The watch party was held at National Golf Club in North Kansas City, and participants were invited to go watch the game, meet Coach Pinkel and listen to former Mizzou players talk about their experiences suiting up to play on game day.

Participants paid $250 a couple to attend the party, and all proceeds went to the GP M.A.D.E. foundation. 25% of all funds then went to the Tiger Scholarship Fund. Former players L’Damian Washingon, Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker and more were also in attendance.

The fundraiser collected approximately $15,000 in support of the GP M.A.D.E. foundation and the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation gave its first grant since its launch in April to Wonderland Camp in Rocky Mount, Mo. Pinkel says the foundation has already raised approximately $265,000 of which will be divided up in several grants— the first being a $15,000 grant to Wonderland Camp.
Wonderland Camp’s mission is to provide a safe, fun and educational experience for children, teenagers and adults who have disabilities. The camp offers activities that range anywhere from swimming to evening dances and karaoke.

“I got to see the whole entire camp and got to see videos of all these kids… doing all these things that they never thought that they could ever do and have this remarkable experience,” Coach Pinkel said. “I got back in the car and called my sister right away. I said, ‘you won’t believe this place and what they’re doing.’”

Assisting children and youth with physical challenges is one of the three pillars of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, which both the foundation and Wonderland Camp continue to do.

On Sunday, November 3, Gary Pinkel was named a Missouri Sports Legend, the highest honor able to be received from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Pinkel is the winningest coach in Missouri football history, and retired in 2015 with a 118-73 record.

In an article from the News Tribune, Coach Pinkel said he’s a Missourian at heart.

“It’s very humbling, it’s such an honor,” Pinkel said. “The coaching profession is about getting people together, working together, whether it’s coaches, players, etc. There are a lot of reasons why I’m standing here, and it’s basically because I’ve been blessed to have good people around me my whole life.”

At the ceremony, a bronze bust of Coach Pinkel was presented and will be showcased at the Hall of Fame’s Legends Walkway in Springfield.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation teamed up with Greg DeLine and Abel’s Army at Mizzou’s October 12th homecoming game. Seven-year-old Abel, who is in remission for leukemia, got to spend time with Missy and Coach Pinkel before the game, as well as help with the pregame coin toss.

Alicia Green, Abel’s mom, said they actually met Coach Pinkel for ice cream at Central Dairy in Jefferson City a few days before the game.
“We had a great talk,” Green said. “Abel got to meet Coach and they talked about their similarities and their diseases, and the positive things that have come out of it.”

Before the game, Abel was featured on the Jumbotron at Faurot Field. Coin Toss Sponsor Greg DeLine of DeLine Holdings said it’s uplifting to be able give children these experiences.

“We’re thinking, ‘Well, let’s give a child the opportunity of a lifetime,’” DeLine said. “Just to have Gary participating with that’s just a dream, it’s just a dream come true.”

Coach Gary Pinkel, along with seven other athletes and coaches, was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame on October 1. Coach Pinkel graduated from Kenmore High school (Akron, Ohio) in 1970 and Kent State in 1975. He coached for 39 years following a playing career where he won honorable mention All-American and 1st-team All-Conference status as a tight end and team captain at Kent State. Pinkel was the head coach for 10 years at University of Toledo and 15 at the University of Missouri.

“This is awesome,” Pinkel said in an article from Beacon Journal. “… I have been blessed my whole life to be surrounded by good people.”
When Pinkel retired in 2015, he finished his coaching career with a record of 191-110-3.

Pinkel took Mizzou to 10 bowls and was the 20th-winningest coach in college football history at the time of his retirement.

Coach Pinkel received the Norm Stewart Legacy Award for Coaches v. Cancer. Coaches v. Cancer evolved from an idea hatched by legendary former Mizzou head basketball coach Norm Stewart into a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The organization aims to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through awareness, fundraising and advocacy.

The recipient of the Norm Stewart Legacy Award must achieve two of the three requirements: be an individual, company or group who, through volunteerism, have shown outstanding commitment and care to the citizens of the Kansas City metro, is connected with the American Cancer Society’s mission, and is an achiever within athletics, basketball preferred.

“The research is why more kids and people are being healed, it’s why people are living longer, it’s why we’re winning the battle,” Pinkel said at the Coaches v. Cancer event. “You should be proud of it and remember that you are a difference maker in what you are doing.”

Billy Sapp, winner of the Hole-in-One Jeep from Joe Machens at GP M.A.D.E.’s inaugural golf rally on June 24, 2019, donated his prize back to the foundation.

Sapp wrote a check of $30,000 to the foundation, which will allow three scholarships in his name to be awarded to students interested in trade school.

From program structure to program philosophy, Coach Gary Pinkel is still not changing what he does. And with good reason – a track record of success done the right way is his proven methodology, and put simply, it works. He’s based his entire career on treating the people the right way and that’s something he’ll continue standing by.

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With his early influencers being high school and college football coaches, Coach Gary Pinkel knew exactly how he wanted to build a football program, which is exactly what he set out to do. He got the right coaches on board who then disseminated the philosophy both laterally and vertically throughout the program.

What set Coach Pinkel’s program apart is the relentless evaluation he and his staff continuously underwent. This evaluation is what ensured the standards Coach Pinkel demanded of all involved with his program, but it’s also the standards which became the norm in such a successful program.

His emphasis on treating people the right way was also evident throughout the program. Coach Pinkel had set processes for changing behavior for the better to continue the positive, successful direction of the program for the benefit of all involved. The care he put into his staff and players is evident in the support he continues to see while battling health issues in retirement.

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Gary Pinkel and his GP M.A.D.E. Foundation hosted an inaugural golf rally on June 24, 2019. The tournament saw a number of supporters whether they were friends, family or former players of Coach Pinkel’s. Participants included former Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen and former Tiger football players Beau Brinkley, Chase Coffman, Jeremy Maclin and T.J. Moe.

The rally provided fun in the form of friendly competition and exclusive prizes such as trophies and signed visors from Coach Pinkel. All funds and donations go toward making a difference in supporting youth and children who face challenges and adversity every day.

In an interview with the Columbia Tribune, Coach Pinkel said this tournament is essential in making a difference every day.

“We are grateful for the community’s support,”Pinkel said. “We’re proud that the funds raised from our first golf tournament will help kids succeed. This is a mission that I am passionate about, and we appreciate all of our donations.”

With the foundation being less than three months old, the Golf Rally is just one of many events to come for GP M.A.D.E.