The McPherson High School Football program recently received a $500 grant from the Coach Miller Fund to purchase new helmets or recondition existing ones.
The fund is an endowment administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation.
McPherson native Arthur Miller coached high school football at schools in Colorado and California from 1955 to 1963.
As a coach, he focused on how schools can ensure all kids are given the opportunity to play no matter their financial circumstances, and on having the best possible equipment to keep players safe.
To honor his work, annual distributions from the fund will be given to the McPherson High and Middle School football programs.
A priority for the fund is to purchase equipment that ensures the safety of each player.
“A good, quality helmet was always important to him,” Dorothy Miller, widow of Arthur Miller, said.
Several former players contributed to the fund in honor of Coach Miller.
“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be half of what I am today if it hadn’t been for Coach Miller,” Bob Broughton, a former player, said. “He wasn’t just a football coach or a teacher. He really cared about all of us and worked hard to make sure we could be successful on and off the field.”
As the fund grows through additional contributions and earnings, the number and size of grants for both schools will increase.
Other priority areas include ensuring all kids are able to play regardless of fees, purchasing other safety equipment for players, and training for coaches and players to improve their skills.
“An endowment like the Miller Fund is the best example of how you can memorialize the life work of a loved one,” Becky Goss, foundation president/ CEO, said. “When someone like Coach Miller spent so much of his life inspiring and caring for others, it’s important his philosophies continue.”