November 4th, 2015

Bill Collins Ford to sponsor Howard Schnellenberger award

Staff Report

Bill Collins Ford to sponsor Howard Schnellenberger award
Coach Schnellenberger and wife (inside photo from / cover photo from

Bill Collins Ford sponsors the Howard Schnellenberger Family Award each year. The Gahm family, who is best known for creating Valhalla Golf Course, is this year’s recipient.

The Gahm family is well respected in the Catholic community as Dwight and wife Anna Lee sent their three sons Walt, Gordy and Phil to St. Raphael Parish School and St. Xavier High School.

Dwight was a football standout at Indiana University before marrying Anna Lee.

His sons went onto be star athletes as well – Walt was a football star at St. X, Gordy played basketball at St. X, and Phil played football at St. X.

Schnellenberger was a standout football player at the now defunct Flaget High School and the University of Kentucky. During his storied head coaching career, Schnellenberger coached the  Baltimore Colts, University of Miami (Fla.), University of Louisville, University of Oklahoma, and Florida Atlantic. He was a member of the first LCSN HOF Class.

This is the third year the Schnellenberger Family Award has been given out, the Brohm Family and the Musselman Family were the first two winners.

Sandy Collins, wife of Bill Collins Ford President Kevin Collins, answered several questions on why it’s so important to sponsor the award.

How did you get involved with the Schnellenberger Family Award?

By supporting The Louisville Catholic Sports Network and the need to focus on the role that families provide for our community.

What does this relationship and the sponsorship mean to the Collins family?

It provides the Collins family an opportunity to the acknowledge the greatness of many Louisville families as well as hopefully inspiring others to give back.

Your children enjoyed great success at their respective Catholic schools, how did those schools help mold them and shape their lives?

Catholic education and the culture of catholic schools provided a strong base of life long discipline and principals for them to live by.

What is your message to The Gahm Family for their accomplishment to win the award this year?

A big thank you to the Gahm family for your guiding principles of hard work, fair play, and humility. Thank you also for creating a better community by your leadership in business and providing a platform (Valhalla) for world class sporting events that brings the world to our Kentuckiana Community.


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