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
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.
Everyone involved with the UT Athletic department thru the last 120 plus years is instrumental in making the Longhorn brand the most recognized name in NCAA sports history and no one involved should be forgotten or left behind. All have an equity stake in our great university and all who are living should have a safety net available when necessary.
Over a 3 year period Jim Kay, Benny Pace and Billy Dale received approval from the the NCAA and UT compliance departments to form a 501 (c) (3).
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 from the past to the present ,and the other bridge is built from the past to the future. Both bridges are reminders to all that Longhorn heritage shapes the present and empowers the future. No Longhorn bridge builders should be left behind.
For the first time in intercollegiate athletic history, a private charitable and tax-exempt bridge has been built with the specific mission of offering temporary financial assistance to qualifying former Longhorn athletes, coaches, student managers, trainers, and their immediate families.
TLSN (Texas Legacy Support Network) has raised enough funds to grant $42,000 to three former Longhorn student athletes. (All approved thru UT compliance) One was a volleyball player from the 80's whose son had Leukemia. One was a football player from the 60's who had throat cancer. The other is Tyres Dickson a football player who in 1998 was in a horrific car accident. Tyres has been member of our group since inception and his story is already on this site and on the TLSN website so I want republish his story of how Spirit and faith can overcome adversity. For Tyres TLSN has granted $1000 a month to defray his living expenses for 9 months while he and his mother continue to adjust to Tyres neverending health issues.
As of 7-07-2019 TLSN has managed to raise $42,000 to offer grants to help three former Longhorn student athletes. (All approved thru UT compliance) One is a volleyball player from the 80's whose son had Leukemia. One is a football player from the 60's who had throat cancer. The other is Tyres Dickson a football player who in 1998 was in a horrific car accident. Tyres has been member of our group since inception and his story is already on this site and on the TLSN website so I want republish how Tyres Spirit and faith have overcome adversity. For Tyres TLSN has granted $1000 a month to defray his living expenses for 9 months while he and his mother continue to adjust to Tyres neverending health issues.
THE BRIDGE from 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 to 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.
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.