TULSA, Okla. - It was this time last summer Jenks head coach Allan Trimble released the shocking news he had been diagnosed with ALS. But, that hasn't kept the legendary coach off the Trojans sidelines as he gets ready for his 22nd season at Jenks.
“I expect to go out and compete every Friday,” Trimble said. “We've got a great group of kids coming back.”
But, it has given him a little different outlook with his time on the field.
“When you're sick when you know your days are numbered it's going to be fun. I’m going enjoy the little things. I’m going enjoy building relationships with the kids,” Trimble said.
But since his diagnosis, it's been about how this community had rallied around this legendary coach. You could see all the love for him in the room Saturday night.
“It's very humbling. The idea that these people are rolling out you know to take care of me and my family, it’s just overwhelming,” Trimble said.
Hundreds of people were at“A Night of Legacy,” a night of honoring Coach Trimble and raising funds for his medical expenses.
“ALS the last couple years that you live can cost you a couple of hundred thousand dollars just for the equipment and things you’re going to need. So, that's where the money is going to go to,” Trimble said.
Everyone was more than happy to come together to support a coach and a friend who has given so much to those around him. Those on hand to support Trimble Saturday included Tulsa football head coach Philip Montgomery, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, and tons of current and former students and athletes of Trimble’s.
“Whether it's football players, the Jenks community, what he's done to influence me personally, I’ve never seen someone want to give so much,” former student and emcee for the night Hailey Woodard said. “So, it's incredible to be able to do a night about him to give back to him.”
The event also kicked off the start of the Trimble Strong Foundation.
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