The most successful baseball coach in TCU’s history is often credited for his good works off the field as much as his winning ways on it, and he will add another accolade in January when he accepts the C Victor Thornton Humanitarian Award in a ceremony in Fort Worth.
According to a press release:
The C. Victor Thornton Humanitarian Award is given periodically by Fort Worth's Moslah Shriners to honor individuals from the North Texas area to recognize them for their outstanding work in aiding children in need. The award is given in honor of long time Fort Worth industrialist, philanthropist, and civic and community leader C. Victor Thornton, who served as president of Shriners International and President and Chairman of the Board of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This year's recipient is Jim Schlossnagle, head baseball coach at Texas Christian University. Coach Schlossnagle has long worked to mold young men not only into great baseball players but also into compassionate, caring and sharing individuals. He has also worked hard to help provide children with needed medical care. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a provider of specialty medical care for children with 22 hospitals across North America. It provides care without regard to a family's ability to pay. Coach Schlossnagle has been a major of supporter of Shriners Hospitals by participating in the many activities each year in Houston at the Shriners College Baseball Classic. In fact, his Horned Frog team has won the tournament the last two years, competing against many of the other finest teams in college baseball. With Coach Schlossnagle's help, Shriners Hospitals for Children has not only raised significant sums of money to help pay for children's medical care, he also has helped raise public awareness of the services that children can receive. Additionally, Coach Schlossnagle and his wife are also involved in helping children with vision problems. In 2011, they formed the RB Eye Foundation to help support the Child Vision Center in Fort Worth, a research and diagnostics center for vision care.
Coach Schloss has become known across DFW for his giving spirit and commitment to giving back to his community, something that has become a hallmark of his program and players as well. TCU Baseball program members often visit children’s hospitals at home and on the road, and their well-documented relationship with Micah Ahern gained national attention as the young man dealing with a rare form of cancer became a constant companion of his college-aged teammates.
The award will be given on Wednesday, January 24th, during a dinner and ceremony held at The Fort Worth Club. Tickets to the event are on sale now, with all proceeds benefiting The Shriners Hospitals for Children in Texas. You can purchase tickets here. Congratulations to Coach Schloss on this incredible, and much deserved, honor.