The Gary Patterson Foundation earned recognition this week, receiving the 2019 Texas Library Association Benefactor Award.
The foundation, created by TCU’s longtime football coach Gary Patterson and his wife Kelsey, awarded $325,000 in grants to 38 elementary school libraries in the Fort Worth independent school district.
Kelsey Patterson wrote on her Twitter account, “We are so thankful to everyone who helped make this wonderful award a reality! We are excited to continue the Launch Into Literacy campaign through the @GPattersonFnd to improve #LITERACY in FORT WORTH!”
Each library received up to $10,000, using those funds to purchase new furniture, books, technology, decor and arranged for visiting authors and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) distributions for their students.
“It’s the Gary Patterson Foundation but there’s a lot of people, No. 1 Kelsey is the driving force behind all of that, she’s the one that does all the legwork along with our board of trustees that are on it,” Patterson said last fall of his foundation. “We had a couple of dinners that we were able to raise that kind of money, so there’s a lot of people in the community that have really helped us be able to do that, write that kind of check.
“I have a job because of kids and that’s why my whole foundation’s thought process has always been about how do we help kids with an education.”