Billy Gaines Athletic
Billy Gaines epitomizes words such as hard-working, spiritual and modest. Through his participation in football and faith, Billy effected the lives of many. “He didn’t just touch people, he changed them,” said J.D. Brookhart, Billy’s receiving coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Billy was a two-time consensus all state football player at Urbana High School, his alma mater, helping the Urbana Hawks obtain state titles from 1999 to 2001. He continued his football and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. On June 18, 2003, Billy experienced a fall, leading to his shocking death at the age of 19. To honor his memory, his parents Bill and Kim Gaines established The Billy Gaines Athletic Excellence Fund to provide financial assistance to programs and individuals in Frederick County. The fund awards grants to programs supporting males ages 5 to 22 seeking to further their education, develop leadership skills and foster social justice and concern for humankind. It also distributes scholarships to student/athletes pursuing their post-secondary education, specifically those who participate in athletics, demonstrate good work ethic, exhibit spiritual beliefs in their decision-making, and have overcome obstacles to achieve success. Billy’s passion for life and football will now touch the lives of others through this fund.
Bill Gaines Athletic Excellence Scholarship Award, which your family has
generously donated to me, has had an impact upon me far beyond the obvious
and measurable financial help".