Former coach Pinkel launches new charity

1 month 4 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:47:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
By: Sydney Walton, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel formally announced the launch of his foundation, called “GP M.A.D.E.” Wednesday night.

The foundation provides support and research for youth with lymphoma and leukemia, assists youth with physical challenges and aides youth experiencing economic and social challenges through mentoring and scholarships.

Pinkel, who retired in 2015 after 15 seasons, said this foundation holds a special place in his heart.

“I know what it feels like to live with lymphoma and the struggles that one goes through each day,” Pinkel said, “so I can’t imagine what it’s like to deal with something like this as a child.”

Pinkel also cites his sister Kathleen as an inspiration for his foundation. His sister has been in a wheelchair since she was a child.

“Whenever my players had an excuse for something they always heard a story about Kathleen and how she never let any limitations get in her way,” Pinkel said.

In addition to announcing the launch of his foundation, Pinkel announced the foundation’s board members. Former Mizzou and NFL player Martin Rucker was one person named to the board of directors of the foundation. Rucker attributes his success in life and football to Pinkel and is excited to work with him again.

“I was honored when he brought me on to this project because I know how much of an impact he had on my life and I want to do that for someone else,” Rucker said.

GP M.A.D.E. will hold its first annual golf tournament on Monday, June 24 at the Old Hawthorne Golf Course in Columbia. The event is called Inaugural Project 365 and Pinkel plans on raising $365,000 for his foundation.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Planned Parenthood can continue carrying out abortions at its St. Louis clinic through Friday, a circuit judge... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
SLATER - A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to transporting a 16-year-old across state lines for illegal... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Food truck vendors say their new spot in downtown Columbia is good for them and hungry customers. But... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration to help those... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City is trying to prevent active mosquito breeding in flooded areas. David Grellner, the city's... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
MEXICO - An Overland man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the 2017 death of Leon Wilder.... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:03:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A second suspect has been charged in connection with a Jefferson City shooting and assumed narcotics deal. ... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:56:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:31:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's Department of Public Works marked June 30th as the final day for debris collection. The... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:30:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - STEMette summer camp will start Monday. The Columbia STEM Alliance in conjunction with Mizzou's College of Engineering... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 1:49:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK and AP) — A 26-year-old man was charged on Monday in relation to the shooting of... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:06:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
LEBANON - A Moniteau County man has been sentenced for the 2016 death of a Tipton student. Travis Clark,... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Jonah Morgan, the store manager of Cricket Wireless in Columbia is holding a block party on Sunday to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:18:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One month after an EF-3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, residents and local leaders are looking back... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 4:12:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of protesters convened at the state capitol Saturday to rally against the state law restricting abortion.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One man was rescued from floodwaters at Flat Branch Creek Saturday morning, according to the Columbia Fire Department.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Friends and family of Columbia's longest serving mayor, Darwin Hindman, honored his memory with a community bike ride... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:16:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
MIRAMAR, FLORIDA - Mizzou javelin throwers Ava Curry and Skylar Ciccolini take first and second place in the 2019 USA... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:57:00 AM CDT June 22, 2019 in Sports
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
6pm 78°
7pm 77°
8pm 74°
9pm 71°