The Tony "Coach" Meade Foundation was formed to honor the memory and life of (my son) Tony Meade and to set up a support system for people dealing with physical challenges and/or special life circumstances. One of our foundation goals is to award a $1,000.00 scholarship each year to a graduating senior! Tony was born with Cerebral Palsy and was confined to a wheelchair with only partial use of one hand. Although, he had to manage his life around his physical challenges he went to work everyday and he did not hesitate to voice his opinion. Tony had a strong will and determination that so few will ever have or can even imagine.
It wasn't until the 1976 that children with physical challenges were allowed to attend school. It wasn't until "The Disabilities Act" of 1975 declared that no child could be discriminated against and refused an education for any reason including, a physical challenges.
In 1976 Tony and other children alike were finally allowed to attend school, they were finally allowed to attend and be mainstreamed into the public school systems. Which meant, they could no longer be refused the same equal opportunity to an education as any other child in America. Therefore, (after a long 2 year battle, laws were changed. Tony was one of the first children in American to be mainstreamed into a public school. Because of Tony, Paintsville Elementary was the first to receive grant money for a bus with a wheelchair lift, because of Tony Paintsville Elementary was one of the first to be funded for an in class aide.
Tony loved school and loved the people that became his friends and his teachers. Tony attended the Paintsville City School, where he 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.
Tony was appointed to the Kentucky Governor's Statewide 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.
Tony had a passion for sports of all kinds, especially baseball. He and his good friend Gary Blair coached a Little League team for several years; their team won many awards and tournaments .
Tony certainly gave new meaning to the can do spirit. It is because of this spirit that he so embodied him, that inspired his brothers and I want to want to pass on Tony's attitude that all things are possible ( I truly believe that it never entered Tony's mind that anything was out of his reach). So, in keeping with Tony's memory and spirit, we are awarding an annual $1000.00 Scholarship and hopefully provide information and other forms of assistance to individuals with a disability or special life circumstances that want to improve their lives or the lives of others.
Please go our Scholarship Program Page to apply for our annual scholarship and read the requirements to be considered for our scholarship program.