FRANKLIN Ind. – The George E and Anna K. Leonard Family Endowed Fund at Franklin College was recently established by Franklin College Head Football Coach Mike Leonard and his brothers, Mark and Dave. The three siblings decided it was a fitting way to honor their parents, George and Anna, for their lifelong foundational support and guidance, and to celebrate the coaching legacy of Mike Leonard.
For 15 seasons, Mike Leonard has led the Grizzlies to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference dominance, posting nine conference titles. He attributes the success of these teams not to his coaching, but to the players that played the games and to the parents who laid the groundwork for their children.
"All three of us boys really appreciate the model that our parents gave us during our foundational years," said Mike. "They let each of us chase our passions and supported us along the way. For this we will be forever grateful. Even now, in their 65th year of marriage, they continue to be our greatest fans. Because of all this, we honor them with this endowed family fund."
George, Anna and the entire Leonard family enjoy football and are avid supporters of the Grizzly program. Their desire is for Mike's coaching legacy to live on, with the endowed fund providing budget support for out-of-state football recruitment and helping to ensure that talent and geographic diversity are hallmarks of the Franklin College Grizzly roster, year after year.
Foundations are important to George and Anna and the byproduct of their mantra is the basis for this endowed fund that honors and celebrates their passion for faith, family, football and Franklin College.
"My parents love enjoying a cool, crisp, clear fall afternoon of Franklin College football with their extended family," said Mark Leonard. "I look forward to tailgating and watching a game at Franklin with them each year. I want this endowment to help future generations continue to enjoy "Grizzly football excellence," as well as experience the fall beauty of Franklin College."
"We are excited to honor our parents in this fashion," said Dave Leonard. "This endowment will allow quality student-athletes to be identified and recruited to Franklin College, bolstering geographic diversity and talent, while expanding the Grizzly football brand outside of Indiana."
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.