Gary and Missy Pinkel attended the Read Across America United Way event at Parkade Elementary School on Thursday, September 16 to celebrate the delivery of impactful books to local elementary school students.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation partnered with Heart of Missouri United Way to donate 2,600 books to first and second graders in five different Columbia Public Schools, as part of the Read Across Columbia program.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation is proud to partner with Heart of Missouri United Way in their efforts to improve lives in the community through working to defeat barriers to basic needs, health, education, and financial stability.

Coach Pinkel spoke at the event with current Columbia Public Schools assistant superintendent and former Mizzou Football player De’Vion Moore. Afterward, Coach Pinkel led students in attendance to the M-I-Z-Z-O-U cheer.

“We are so excited to assist United Way and Columbia school systems in this important task,” Pinkel said. “Our goal is to make a difference in these kids’ lives and everyone is working hard to do that here.”

First and second graders at Parkade, Benton, Blue Ridge, Derby Ridge and Alpha Hart Lewis elementary schools are set to receive the books.

Gary and Missy Pinkel attended the second ever “Game Day with GP” event hosted by Dudley and Beth McCarter on Saturday, September 11 in St. Louis, Mo. The event was a watch party for the Missouri at Kentucky football game in which Mizzou came up just short in a 35-28 contest.

During the event, guests were encouraged to take photos with Coach Pinkel, listen to coach’s pregame routine and enjoy the game. Prior to kickoff, Coach Pinkel went through his real team meeting notes including his “Fatherly Advice – Thursday Talk,” an itinerary, and game week notes. The pregame talk was preceded by a Q&A featuring former Missouri football player TJ Moe who described his own pregame routine and what it was like playing under Coach Pinkel.

Guests were able to purchase cups, signed books, footballs and visors in the form of a donation to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. Coach Pinkel’s bowl rings and watches were also available for viewing.

The event raised over $10,000 in donations toward the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation which directly contributes to the yearly scholarships given out by the Foundation. Three weeks later, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was able to host a tailgate for Missouri’s home game against Tennessee to meet with sponsors and other supporters.

The announcement of the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2022

Columbia, Mo. – Former Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel and all-purpose player Jeremy Maclin are included on the 2022 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF) on Wednesday.

The 2022 ballot will include 78 players and seven coaches from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the NCAA divisional and NAIA ranks.

Pinkel, who led the Tigers from 2001-15, won five conference division titles (Big 12 North – 2007, 2008, 2010; SEC Eastern – 2013, 2014); earned 10 bowl bids (6-4), and finished ranked five times – fourth (2007), fifth (2013), 14th (2014), 18th (2010) and 19th (2008).

Also the head coach at Toledo from 1991-200, Pinkel compiled a head coaching record of 118-73 (.618) overall and 64-57 (.529) in conference play (Big 12: 47-42, .528; SEC: 17-15, .531). He was the 2007 National Coach of the Year (FieldTurf) and a two-time league Coach of the Year (Big 12: 2007, SEC: 2014).

In 2007, Jeremy Maclin broke the NCAA single-season freshman record for all-purpose yards, as he amassed a whopping 2,776 yards – including 1,055 receiving, 1,039 kickoff return, 375 rushing and 307 punt return. Maclin scored 16 touchdowns total, with nine scores coming on receptions, four on the ground, two via punt returns and one on a kickoff return. A first-team consensus All-American, he was the only player in Division I in 2007 to score touchdowns in all four all-purpose categories.

He repeated with consensus first-team All-America honors in 2008 as he led the NCAA in all-purpose yardage (202.36 ypg) and broke MU’s single-season receiving records with 102 receptions, 1,260 yards and 13 TDs. He closed his career with Offensive MVP honors in the 2008 Alamo Bowl, as he returned a punt for a TD and caught the game-winning TD pass from Chase Daniel in Mizzou’s 30-23 overtime win.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a first team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 full seasons prior; played within the last 50 years; and cannot be currently playing professional football.

Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head football coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three full seasons. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In all cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

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The Special Learning Center in Jefferson City, Mo. used part of a $16,000 grant from the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation to purchase new sensory and adaptive interactive play items.

The Center currently has three immobile children in the four and five year-old classroom where the equipment is used. Grant funds were also used to purchase low-height, stable shelving to house the interactive items, as well as safe rubberized floor mats.

The new technology allows children, like Blake in the photo above, to pull themselves up to interact with the toys in a safer manner. The soft surface flooring provides extra safety. For the children, these are exciting toys that give them more options at playtime.

“To Blake, they are fun toys,” executive director Stephanie Johnson said. “To our staff, the items we purchased are interactive, educational tools that help develop the children.” With the new equipment, Blake was able to pull himself up independently— something of which is a relatively new skill for him! While many children regularly play while standing, for some children this is a big accomplishment that GP M.A.D.E. has played a part in.

To learn more about the Special Learning Center, visit: www.speciallearningcenter.com.

While winter weather might have cast a cold spell over the mid-Missouri region, it hasn’t stopped game-changing community partners like Monarch Title Company, Inc., from joining the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation from getting involved to help change lives. The Foundation wishes to shine a warm spotlight on Monarch Title to thank them for stepping up in a significant way this year.

In December, Chuck and Pam Bowman of Monarch Title pledged $5 to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation for each loan closing, and they presented a check for $2,590 to Gary and Missy Pinkel last month. Monarch will continue that generous partnership all throughout 2021, and that’s naturally got Coach Pinkel excited.

“I can’t say enough about Chuck and Pam and the entire team at Monarch Title,” said Pinkel, President of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. “They run a first-class operation and that’s proven out by the commitment they make to the community, and to our foundation as well,” said the winningest coach in Mizzou Football history.

The partnership was a natural fit for Monarch Title Company, said CEO/Co-Owner Chuck Bowman.

“Pam and I both feel giving back to the community is a priority and a prerequisite for any business owner or leader,” said Bowman. “When we met Gary and Missy we were impressed by their passion, kindness, and desire to help others. These attributes not only fit our personal culture and values, but fit the Monarch organizational goals to give back to the community. Our wonderful staff are also very involved and especially drawn to helping children and youth that need assistance to get them on a path of success,” he added.

Bowman said the unique giving model is one he hopes others emulate.

“Pam and I wanted to come up with a unique way to give back to GP M.A.D.E based on our company profitability,” he said. “We thought this could be a protocol or practice that other business owners and executives could follow based on their own business model and profits, and we are hopeful that others would see the value and impact they can have on others’ lives by giving to this wonderful organization,” he said.

Donations to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation are easily and securely made by visiting www.gpmade.org.