The Lubbock Area Foundation is pleased to announce that legendary football coach Spike Dykes has been named this year’s Hero of the Year for 2013. Mr. Dykes will be honored at the 14th annual Hero’s Luncheon presented by the Lubbock Area Foundation on Friday October 11 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center.   Sheryl Cates, President of the Lubbock Area Foundation stated, “Mr. Dykes exemplifies a true West Texas hero through his integrity, leadership, and true love of people.  It is an honor for us to recognize such an amazing man”

Spike Dykes / Facebook
Spike Dykes / Facebook

To honor Mr. Dykes, the Lubbock Area Foundation has created a new endowment designated as the Sharon and Spike Dykes Family Endowment.   Mr. Dykes stated,  “This gift to the Lubbock area comes from my heart. By making this significant gift you are making great things possible on the South Plains - a place and people I care for deeply. I would like to have this gift help children and address health and wellness concerns. “   The Sharon and Spike Dykes Family Endowment is a donor advised endowment which means Mr. Dykes will choose the various charities to benefit from these endowed funds.

Created in 1981, the Lubbock Area Foundation is the community foundation for the South Plains area.  Its primary purpose is to attract and build permanent endowments that benefit this region for many years to come.  Past foundation funding includes mini-grants for teachers, funds to benefit area fire departments, helping low-income families with utility bills, and funds to benefit health clinics.   For more information on grants distributed by the Lubbock Area Foundation, go to

More information regarding the Hero’s Luncheon can be found at or by calling 806.762-8061.

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