Celebrating 100 Years of Darrell K Royal. Today we remember and honor your life and legacy. Happy Birthday.

Dear Darrell K Royal Fund Members,

Today, we celebrate the 100th birthday of Darrell K Royal, a hardscrabble kid from Hollis, Oklahoma, who rose from poverty and a meager job shining shoes to attain iconic status as one of the best football coaches in history. According to Mack Brown, "he might have been the best coach ever in any sport, not just college football."

In celebration of Coach’s centennial birthday, the DKR Fund is launching the 100 Years of DKR video series campaign on the organization’s social media platforms. This video series will honor and preserve the legacy of Coach Royal, who achieved a 167-47-5 record, sixteen bowl victories, and eleven Southwest Conference titles at UT.

We will dedicate the next year to celebrating Coach Royal’s legacy through the lens of 100 individuals who knew or have been impacted by him. This effort aims to raise awareness of the DKR Fund and highlight how Darrell K Royal’s legendary status continues to impact lives today. We hope you share our pride in this effort and join us in celebrating Coach’s 100th birthday by sharing a 30 to 60-second video about the impact of his legacy and how it continues to live on each day.

If you are interested in participating in the video series, please follow these instructions, then contact Lesley Ford at [email protected]. Feel free to share multiple videos with our team to select the best quality to showcase on the DKR Fund social media platforms. Please send all videos to Lesley or contact her directly with questions at 512.363.5160.

Best regards,

The Darrell K Royal Research Fund

Has Coach Royal impacted your life? Do you have a special memory you would like to share?
If you are interested in participating in the video series, please follow these instructions to record your video and share it with our team.

The DKR Fund represents a Texas coach and a universal cause. We  aim to be a game-changer in funding innovative research and novel approaches to AD and related disorders research as we strive to support hope for those affected.

On behalf of Mrs. Royal, our directors, and our funded research scientists at Texas' finest medical schools and universities, we thank you for your support and wish you and your family the happiest of holidays.

DKR Fund Grant Award Recipients

University of Texas System Brain Health Symposium 2022

University of Texas at Austin – 3 awards

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Edith T. Royal Caregiver Award Dean's Office

University of Texas at Dallas – 3 awards

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

UT Southwestern Medical Center – 6 awards

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute CLEAATS Study of Aging Amateur Athletes

Baylor College of Medicine

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UT Southwestern Medical School and The Darrell K Royal Research Fund have partnered together to present CLEAATS, a Texas-wide investigation designed to advance knowledge of collegiate sports participation and sport-related concussion in relation to current brain wellness.

If you are age 50 or older and played an NCAA or NAIA sport for at least one season in college, we want to hear from you!


United in the fight.