Royal was passionate about  giving back as confirmed by a sign that he hung in the Texas football Locker room in the 60's that said:



Royal’s locker sign is the  code for compassion and donors know that  "What I gave I kept."   

Horns up to the tax-exempt organizations that “are leaving something behind” for those in need formed by Brian Robison, Tommy Nobis (deceased), Cole Pittman (deceased), Johnnie Johnson, Tina Bonci (deceased), Sam and Emmanuel Acho, Charlie Cravens, and Michelle Williams Adamolekun.

Just click on Johnnie Johnson’s photo below to preview the former Longhorns who know the meaning of what I gave I kept. .

Texas Legacy Support Network is a historical site that is free, educational, and Insightful. TLSN has built a bridge to the past to remind all Longhorns that sports heritage shapes the present and inspires the future. 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. Qualifying Horns that were part of the U.T. Athletic Department deserve an equity stake in our great university, and should have a safety net available when necessary.

The inspiration for the TLSN (Texas Legacy Support Network) mission started informally in 2004 with a group called LSG (Legacy Support Group) when some former Longhorn student athletes assisted some Darrell K. Royal coached Longhorns with 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 substantial medical expenses not covered by insurance.

In 2015 three 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 ALL qualifying  former  student athletes , trainers, managers, coaches , and their immediate families. 

TLSN received notice of its tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status on September 12, 2017.

 Jackie Campbell, a Longhorn volleyball player from the 80's, was the first qualifying person to receive assistance from TLSN. Her son, Yanaq, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2017.  Jackie needed temporary financial help so she reached out to UT’s Longhorn Foundation for help. Jill Sterkel notified TLSN of her situation and TLSN completed the due diligence necessary to raise money for her . From January 2018 thru June 2018 TLSN raised in $15,000 in the TLSN general funds account to help Jackie defray expenses such as groceries, house payment, gas, utilities, and telephone expenses.   Her son is recovering and  has been released from medical supervision. A message from Yanaq to all of us who helped his family pay for for 6 months is below.

 TLSN wants to continue to fulfill Coach Royal's message that hung in the locker room.  As the title to Sean Rowe’s song says , TLSN wants “to leave something behind.” Sean says “ I can get thru the wall if you give me a door So I can leave something behind."


The donate button below is only for tax exempt donations to TLSN. An organization that helps qualifying former Longhorn student athletes, former managers, trainers, and their immediate families.

If you want to send a check please make out the check to "TLSN" and send to 

CFO- Jim Kay - P.O. Box 983-  Burnet, TX - 78611-0983