THE ANNUAL FUND
From the desk of Lincoln Riley,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Broyles Award and the Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation. As a former assistant coach, Broyles Award recipient and now head coach, I understand how critical it is that we recognize excellence in assistant coaching, not only as a boost to coaching careers, but also as a celebration of the bond between coaches. Twenty-six years ago, the Broyles Award embarked on a journey to honor these individuals and in the process has forged new and lasting relationships between coaches of all ages and experiences. As a result, no award has done more to shed light on the hard work and dedication of assistant coaches than the Broyles Award. Thanks to the relentless efforts of Coach Broyles’s daughter and granddaughter, Betsy Broyles Arnold and Molly Harrell, that legacy continues.
To kick off their 26th year, the Broyles Award is launching the Broyles Award Annual Fund to support its charitable mission to provide “game plans” for Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families at no cost during the toughest game of their life. After losing his wife, Barbara Broyles, to Alzheimer’s in 2004, supporting Alzheimer’s caregivers became Coach’s passion, and both the Broyles Foundation and the Broyles Award exist to support that purpose.
Before we lost Coach Broyles to the same disease in 2017, he would say that to be a successful coach, “There’s no substitute for good preparation”. For football coaches this means studying plays, watching game film, and preparing your team. For Alzheimer’s patient caregivers, however, this means learning from those who have already gone through the difficult experience and creating a unique game plan that fits each family.
By contributing to the Broyles Award Annual Fund, your support will allow the Broyles Foundation to continue to assist caregivers and unites us in a common mission of celebrating the legacy of Coach Broyles and his dedication to honoring assistant coaches. I appreciate your consideration.
University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach
2015 Broyles Award Winner
Our Impact, 2019-2020
Though terminal, Alzheimer’s is rarely a rapid disease, and many diagnoses last for the better part of a decade. In a care-giving situation, financial and personal planning must be viewed as a shift in lifestyle, not an emergency. Unfortunately, many caregivers cannot anticipate nor adequately prepare for the costs or stresses of being a caregiver. We’ve been there, and we can help create a Game Plan to navigate these crises.
Supporting our Annual Fund directly benefits the following caregiver-oriented programs, allowing us to create game plans at no cost to caregivers or their families.
Why We Need Your Help
financial planning is the largest source of long-term stress for caregivers
Over 5.8 million Americans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s, and the number is increasing rapidly. Every 65 seconds another person develops the disease in the United States. For most families, a dementia diagnosis is more than just a terminal illness: it is an abrupt end to a planned future for retirement and financial independence.