THE NAVIGATION TOOLS TO THE CONTENT OF THE WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN. THE SITES ARE "QUE" , "FANS", "TLSN", "SPORTS", "ARTICLES", "ICONIC", "MISSIONS", "LOST TOO SOON", "SENTRY", AND "DONATE".
Click on red font text in the panel to the left panel for more information on the TLSN mission
In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) while standing in a cornfield hears a voice saying "If you build it (baseball stadium) they will come." Like Ray, inspired by this message, TLSN has built "it" (a website), the 21st Century equivalent of the baseball stadium in the cornfield.
The inspiration for the TLSN (Texas Legacy Support Network) mission started informally in 2004 when some Legacy Longhorn student athletes assisted a few former letter winners who needed temporary financial support. The money donated was used to help one teammate rebuild his home destroyed by fire, another teammate recover from damages caused by a hurricane, and several teammates defray medical expenses not covered by insurance.
The three board members know that when teammates need help the donations will come.
In 2015 three former Longhorn lettermen -Benny Pace, Jim Kay, and Billy Dale- joined forces to create a tax exempt charitable foundation to enable TLSN to raise funds from tax deductible contributions and to use those funds to provide financial assistance to qualifying former student athletes , trainers, managers, coaches , and their immediate families. “Pressure is a choice, the world treats winners different than losers, time is the ultimate game, passion will persuade reality,”
TLSN received notice of its tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status on September 12, 2017.
Starting in January 2018 the TLSN founders will reach out to the Longhorn athletic community to create an advisory board and begin soliciting contributions to support its charitable goals.
Will Allen Dromgoole states in his poem " The Bridge Builder" that bridges are needed to make the path easier for others to cross. TLSN is building two bridges. One bridge is built TO the past , and the other bridge is built FOR the future. Both bridges are reminders to all that Longhorn heritage lends shape to the present and empowers the future.
THE BRIDGE TO THE PAST
The TLSN website chronicles the never ending saga of Longhorn sports derived from the amassed thought and experience of innumerable Longhorn minds. The site converts UT history, UT traditions, UT legacies, UT culture, individual records, photos, insightful comments, and personal commentary from former athletes, trainers, managers, coaches, and their families into a form that all Longhorns can celebrate.
THE BRIDGE FOR THE FUTURE
Ralph Waldo Emerson also said "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". TLSN has left the established path and is building new trails (bridges) for the future. For the first time in intercollegiate athletic history, a private charitable and tax-exempt organization has been created with the specific mission of offering temporary financial assistance to qualifying former Longhorn athletes, coaches, student managers, trainers, and their families.
Go To the 5:45 mark of the video below to listen to Coach Royal recite the Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole.
TLSN is "exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501 (c) (3)".
TLSN is an independent organization with no affiliations to UT Austin.