KinderFrogs receives support from former university athletes

Two former university athletes will return to campus today to raise money for KinderFrogs School.

Chad Hennings and P.D. Shabay will answer questions about performing under pressure, building positive momentum in the workforce and motivating teams both on and off the field, Shabay said.

Traci Larrison, senior account executive for ISP Sports, said both speakers were chosen because of their ability to talk about these topics to all audiences attending the event.

She said tickets are $20, and the event is open to the public.

“We’re trying to educate people on what KinderFrogs does,” Larrison said.

The KinderFrogs School is an early childhood education laboratory school that provides training for education majors at the university. The program mainly serves young children with disabilities, but also includes children who do not have disabilities, according to the school’s Web site.

All proceeds from the event will benefit KinderFrogs, Larrison said. She said Bank of America and Charter Business are sponsoring the event. The Neeley School of Business is also a supporting partner.

Marilyn Tolbert, director and Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools, said the school will most likely use the money raised to enhance student experience.

“We’ll use that (money) to go toward equipment and, depending on the numbers, scholarships,” Tolbert said.

This will not be the first time KinderFrogs has received funding from a notable university alum, Tolbert said. In May 2009 J.J. Henry, a PGA tour professional and former Horned Frog, and his Henry House Foundation donated money for therapeutic equipment to be used at the school, she said.

Shabay said that individuals learn how to function and succeed in the business world through school and other organizations.

“It’s what you do with your life and what your skill set is that makes a difference, and you can take those same things into a business environment,” Shabay said.

Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said he was honored to have Hennings and Shabay speak. Shabay is a prominent member of the community and the university, and, he said, all Dallas Cowboys fans know of Hennings, who played for the Cowboys from 1992 to 2000 and won three Super Bowl Championships.

“One thing about these type of events is it brings a lot of the community onto our campus,” Cohen said.

According to the media relations Web site, Hennings played football at the Air Force Academy and was an inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Hennings is now an author and motivational speaker.

Mike Pavell, Fort Worth market president for Bank of America, will be the moderator for the event. He said he is honored to help KinderFrogs and the university.

“This is an opportunity to support not only TCU athletics but the Neeley School of Business and expand that relationship,” he said.

News editor Melanie Cruthirds contributed to this report.

Legends Speaker Series

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today

Where: Meyer-Martin Athletic Complex