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The Coach "A" Foundation exists to help mentor youth and strengthen families. The Coach "A" Foundation will seek out, research and partner with those who support the development of young people to their full potential by focusing on healthy self-esteem, goal setting, hard work, sacrifice, and discipline.

Coach "A" Foundation
PO Box 173
Mason, OH 45040

New Scholarship

We are starting a scholarship program in 2019 for two high school graduating seniors who exhibit the qualities that Coach "A" inspired in all his players and other youth in the community. These scholarships will be for $2,000 each and be awarded in May of 2019.

Scholarship Information/ Cover Letter
Scholarship Instructions & Application

Synopsis of our social impact in 2018

About Coach "A"

Coach 'A' One of the most important things to know about Charles Larry Abernathy is in the fact that he was born in Alabama. This meant he did not go by his first name (which is only used for legal matters in the south) but by his middle name, Larry. He openly embraced his Alabama heritage - "Sweet Home," "Roll Tide," and even the term "hillbilly." Larry constantly demonstrated that "hillbilly" meant respect for others, hard work, and a living faith in Jesus Christ.

Larry played tennis, softball, baseball, basketball, and flag football for many years; then he coached softball, baseball, soccer, football, and basketball for several more years. He led a group of young men from boyhood into adulthood at Center Pointe Christian Church, where he was an Elder for more than twenty years.

In the fall of 2017, at the age of 64, Larry was looking forward to retiring from his 41-year career as an Aeronautical Engineer at GE Aviation and spending more time as a volunteer. He was excited about continuing to teach and mentor youth and being even more active in leadership roles at Center Pointe Christian Church.

But Larry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on November 16 and died four weeks later. More than 500 friends, family, coworkers, and former team members attended the two-hour memorial service on December 19, 2017. Larry's family decided to use the memorial fund to establish the "Coach 'A' Foundation" - a non-profit organization – to continue Larry's Legacy of developing character and self-esteem in today's young people, as well as educating and encouraging others to do the same.

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