Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy is giving back to his community. Making good on a promise he made last month, Gundy has donated $35,000 to the Stillwater School District in order to improve school security. The school district approved the Cowboys head coach’s donation this week.
Gundy made the promise during a school board meeting last month that came in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Do you think it’s important? More than anything, right?,” Gundy had said during the meeting. “We have protection in our banks, in the airport, in a jewelry store, but we don’t have protection at our schools. We can replace (material) things, but we can’t replace our kids.
“I will say this: If I was in charge, I would have a plan. Maybe not perfect, but it would be a plan to where our kids aren’t running around like targets and some crazy person is in there just having a heyday. I know that may sound a little grotesque, but that’s what happens.”
According to the report, Gundy’s donation will pay for seven Payne County sheriff’s deputies to provide security to the local schools.
Currently, the Stillwater School District has just three resource officers.
It’s always great to see those who can give back to their communities, so kudos to Gundy for putting his money where his mouth is and making a true difference to those in Stillwater.