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Dennis Franchione Announces 'Coach Fran Charities'


Tide's head coach starts a charitable organization for children
Thursday, April 11, 2002

University of Alabama head football coach Dennis Franchione and his wife Kim today unveiled "Coach Fran Charities".  The organization will benefit various targeted children's causes.

"For several years, Kim and I have worked to make this dream of ours a reality," coach Franchione said. "We are pleased and excited to announce our plans for the Coach Fran Charities and accompanying web site. We established this foundation as a means to benefit numerous worthwhile causes dear to our hearts. 

"To launch this program, we have selected the first two organizations and will reveal them and present a check on April 12."

Two prominent football names joined the Franchiones on the board of directors, former Crimson Tide and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr and current San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.  Tomlinson was an NCAA record-setting tailback on coach Fran's team at Texas Christian.

Franchione indicated that Coach Fran Charities will support many different efforts over the coming years, and the primary target of concern is in reading and literacy, like skills and the arts for children.

Coach Fran said, "Kim and I appreciate the many individuals who have joined the team that created Coach Fran Charities with their contributions of time and financial support."

Coach Fran Charities is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization made up of volunteers, with initial funding by the Franchiones.  The advisory board is comprised of the following individuals: Ron Edwards, Darlene Ellis, Tim Harris, Neal A. Holland, Jr., C. Alan Martin, John J. McMahon, W. Edgar Weldon, Jim Wilson, III and Christopher C. Womack.

To make a contribution, submit a proposal or obtain further information, go to the internet at, which launches on April 12.