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Coach Kill speaks to PACF crowd

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

It was a packed house at The Branding Iron in Preston, Minn., on Monday, February 27.

The annual Preston Area Community Foundation dinner provided an opportunity to recognize all the great things that the foundation does for the greater Preston area.

With F & M Community Bank President Chuck Aug welcoming the crowd and Pastor Dave Jore providing a thoughtful invocation for the event, the table was set for a magnicifant and insightful presentation by University of Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill.

Coach Kill, a kidney cancer survivor, reflected on what he feels is important in life.

He posed the question: “What have you done for people?”

“It doesn’t matter how many wins or losses you’ve had. They won’t put that on your tombstone.”

Coach Kill feels his job is to help his football players become better people, not just better football players.

He expects to see higher grade point averages, and he has no tolerance for cell phones. None of the players are allowed to bring their cell phones to practices or games.

Expanding on the subject of cell phones, Coach Kill said, “Our kids don’t know how to communicate. I love technology, but we almost got so smart that we forgot how to be people.” While he loves technology, he feels we’ve lost our face-to-face contact with people.

“If you send your kid to our school, we’re going to make them a better person,” said Coach Kill.

Following Coach Kill’s presentation, the PACF presented grants to Fillmore Central Schools and Preston Historical Society. In addition, Jennifer Nelson from SMIF spoke about how fortunate Fillmore County was to have five foundations. Dwight Luhmann, representing the PACF board, provided a 2011 year in review. And, the evening closed with a live auction and silent auction.

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