Dantonio receives Stallings Award for humanitarian work

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio received the 2016 Gene Stallings Award on Monday in Dallas, an award created to honor college football head coaches who are also humanitarians and strive to promote healthy, vibrant communities through charitable and community service efforts.

Gene Stallings presents Mark Dantonio with the Stallings Award for the Michigan State coach's humanitarian work.

The award, in its fifth year is named after Stallings, who coached Alabama to the 1992 National Championship and presented the award to Dantonio at the Dallas Country Club.

Dantonio and his wife, Becky, have hosted a women’s football clinic for the past eight years, with proceeds going to local charities. The most recent clinic in April benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.

Dantonio was also named honorary chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network at the Sparrow Children Center’s in Lansing in 2009 and he and his staff have hosted CMN telethons that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Stallings Award raises money for children with disabilities as a tribute to Johnny Stallings, Gene’s late son who was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. Raising more than $1.1 million in its first five years, the Stallings Award will benefit The Rise School of Dallas, a nonprofit preschool for children with developmental disabilities.