The Tony "Coach" Meade Foundation was formed to honor the memory and life of (my son) Tony Meade and set up a support system for physically challenged individuals. One of our goals is to award a $1,000.00 scholarship each year to a graduating senior! The Tony Meade Scholarship will be awarded in a lump sum payment directly to the student.
Tony was born with Cerebral Palsy; Tony spent his life in a wheelchair with only partial use of one hand. Although he had to mange his life around he disabilities he was blessed with perfect speech, he could communicate and did it so well. He did not hesitate to voice his opinion. Tony was also blessed with a strong will and determination that so few will ever have or can even imagine. He was also blessed to grow up with a group of people that didn't view him as disabled or a person in a wheelchair, they treated him as an equal.
Tony was one of the first children in American to be main streamed into a public school. He loved people and he loved life regardless of what was required for him to just get out of the bed for the day, he just looked forward to the day!
Tony had a passion for sports of all kinds, especially baseball. He coached a Little League team for several years; his team won many awards and tournament .
Tony went on to graduate form high school and married his high school sweetheart. After high school Tony and his wife Mylinda opened their own business, he became quit the business man. He was appointed to the Kentucky Governor's State Wide Council of Vocational, Rehabilitation. He served on the governor's council for ten years; while on the Governor's council he was active in getting laws and programs passed for the physically challenged. He also worked to pass laws that would eliminate discrimination against physically challenged individuals.
If he ever felt sorry for himself or felt that he couldn't do something he never showed it. I truly belief that it never entered his mind that something was out of his reach.
So, this is our goal: Tony's brothers, father and I want to pass on Tony's attitude that all things are possible. We also want to provide aid in the form of an annual $1000.00 Scholarship and provide information and other forms of assistance to individuals trying or looking for a way to improve their lives due to a disability and also those who plan to continue their services or pursuit to improve the life of disabled persons.
Also, Tony had great admiration for our military, his brother Craig is a Marine. Tony always wished he could have served in our military and he was so proud of his brother. Therefor, we have decided to include children of veterans.
Please go our Scholarship Program Page to apply for our annual scholarship and read the requirements to be considered for our scholarship program.