On March 27, 2018, the Ed Thomas Family Foundation will expand on its goal of keeping the legacy of Coach Ed Thomas alive. Coach Thomas was a leader whose main objective was teaching young people to “Do What’s Right”. He was a great role model who lived his life true
to the values that he taught to all. The Ed Thomas Family Foundation will provide an opportunity for high school students to strengthen their positive leadership skills and character by sponsoring the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.
Registration will be 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Session 1 will be at 9:00 a.m. Sessions completed by 2:00 p.m.
Des Moines, Iowa - Iowa Events Center
FIVE SPEAKING SESSIONS
Lyndsey Fennelly - 9:00 a.m
Neil Phipps - 10:00 a.m
Break-out Session - 10:30 a.m.
Al Kerns -Lunch A - 11:10 a.m
Al Kerns -Lunch B - 12:10 p.m
Aaron Thomas - 1:10 pm
$10 per participant & supervisors: each participant (including supervisors) will receive a T-shirt, lanyard + name tag, notebook, and pen. A sack lunch with a sub, fruit, and chips will be provided for each student. Water will be available free of charge.
*Checks can be mailed to: Ed Thomas Family Foundation, P.O. Box 536, Parkersburg, IA 50665. Currently we do not have the capabilities to process credit card payments. Thank you for your understanding.
Each school is limited to no more than 12 student participants and 2 supervisors per school. Registration will be limited to the first 450 participants.
Lyndsey Fennelly is a former Iowa State PG All-American and 2007 WNBA Indiana Fever draftee. She is dedicated
to bringing out the very best mentally, physically and emotionally with everyone she interacts with. A basketball
skills trainer who has led over 30,000 athletes across North America since 2007, motivational speaker, and a
proud Mom, she’s also owner of CampusCycle, a new beat-driven spin studio in Ames. She believes impacting
others, making a positive difference, and having fun is a life well lived!
Neil was in education for 39 years as a Teacher, Activities Director, and Principal. He then retired in 2017. Neil coached football for 35 years, coached track for 32 years and wrestling for 15 years. Over the years, it was an honor for him to receive several coaching awards. In 2008, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Mr. Phipps served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Ad Association for five years. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Iowa Football Coaches Association for 19 years.
Former Teacher and Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg
Al Kerns began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg High School in 1978. He retired from Aplington- Parkersburg in 2014 after 36 years of teaching. During his career at Parkersburg/ Aplington-Parkersburg, he was an assistant coach to Ed Thomas for over 30 years and the head girls’ track coach for 29 years.
High School Principal Aplington-Parkersburg
Aaron Thomas is the oldest son of the Late Ed Thomas. At a young age, Aaron knew he wanted to go into education and coaching because he saw the impact his father was able to have on young people. Every day he witnessed the passion Ed Thomas displayed while working with young people.