The Billy Gaines Athletic
Excellence Fund

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.

2004 Recipient:
"When people in this area talk about high school football twenty years from now, they will still be talking about Billy Gaines. I know I will".
Zach Hayes - ...who will be walking on at the University of Maryland to play football.

2005 Recipient:
"I asked Billy what I could do to reach the point he was at now. He told me to work as hard as i can every day, and don't let people tell you that you can't do it".
Michael Russo - playing football at Shepard in the fall.

"The 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".
Bennon Lee - will attend West Virginia in the fall and will major in Sports and Business Management.

2006 Recipient:
“Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with me , and more importantly for making an impact with your generous donation to FCA. I pray that God’s will would be done with the money, and that we’ll see the fruit in heaven! May the Lord bless you and your family.” Sam Chamelin Area Rep. Fellowship of Christian Athletes -

2007 Recipient:
In the Fall I will be attending Virginia Tech, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Automotive Design. Your contribution has helped to make this possible, and for that, I Thank You."
Michael Alson Lamar Grate

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