Pagnozzi Charities was formally founded in 1999 by former University of Arkansas Razorback alumni and coach, Tom Pagnozzi. The charity was conceived by Tom and then head baseball coach Norm DeBriyn as a way for “Pags” to give back to the program that launched his professional career. In addition to the support provided to the Arkansas Razorback Baseball program, the Pagnozzi Youth Sports Scholarship Program was created with a desire to extend the charitable arm of the organization to include disadvantaged youth throughout Arkansas, providing them with an open door to the same athletic experiences of their peers and following the Pagnozzi motto to “level the playing field”.
Pagnozzi Charities has provided scholarships to over 1800 youth with its Youth Sports Scholarship Program and hopes to continue to increase its efforts significantly in the coming years.
The Northwest Arkansas Tip-Off Club has been established to promote BASKETBALL in Northwest Arkansas. Monthly luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn – Springdale during the winter/spring timeframe featuring keynote speakers from the world of basketball.
Funds raised by this club are donated to several Northwest Arkansas high school boys and girls basketball programs.
In memory of their late son, John Patrick, who passed away prematurely in 2003, University of Arkansas men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey and his wife Tracy launched Pel’s Pals, a foundation to benefit children’s charities with a special emphasis on neonatal care.
To raise funds for the Foundation, a Pel’s Pals Foundation event and golf tourney will be held annually. The 2009 events are scheduled for July 15th and 16th.