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.