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University of Delaware Coach Makes Donation to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011


University of Delaware (UD) football head coach K.C. Keeler

Wilmington, DE — University of Delaware (UD) football head coach K.C. Keeler, who received the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, has shared that award with the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The Liberty Award, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame, is the leading college football honor recognizing coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off field. It includes a charitable donation of $50,000 which Keeler chose to designate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, Autism Delaware and the duPont Hospital for Children. The hospital received $12,500 on Keeler’s behalf.

“Coach Keeler embodies the spirit of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award through his dedication to his students, team and community. We celebrate responsibility in coaching because we believe it is one of the clearest examples of a positive influence one can have on young people, their families and their communities,” said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual Senior Vice president of Consumer Marketing.

In 2010, Keeler led UD, his alma mater, to the national title game for the third time in his head coaching career. Off the field, Coach Keeler and his team are renowned leaders in the Newark area and throughout the state of Delaware. He and the Blue Hens have been seasonal visitors to the hospital for many years.

Lori Counts, Managing Director of the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, thanked Keeler for his generosity and longstanding support of the hospital. “This gift means a great deal to Nemours and to the children and families we serve. It means that we can do more to improve care, get needed equipment and provide comfortable surroundings. Coach Keeler is more than a winning coach, he is an advocate for young people and a leader in every sense of the word.”

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.