Fort Wayne, Ind. (WFFT) — Mad Anthonys will recognize Fort Wayne native and NFL star Jaylon Smith, as well as local business leader and philanthropist John Tippmann, Sr., as its 2019 Red Coat recipients.
Mad Anthonys will honor Smith and Tippmann at its Red Coat Dinner on June 14; its annual charity golf event, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, will take place June 15. Both events will be held at Fort Wayne Country Club.
“If there’s a word that ties Jaylon and John together, it’s ‘commitment,’” said Mike Wallace, president of Mad Anthonys. “As a hugely successful entrepreneur and servant leader, John’s commitment to his faith, family, generosity and business is unparalleled. From Bishop Luers High School to Notre Dame to Dallas Cowboys, Jaylon has achieved what many dream about. What makes Jaylon unique is his desire to give back to Fort Wayne. We are thrilled to recognize them both as this year’s Red Coat recipients.”
A Fort Wayne native, Smith was a standout football player at Bishop Luers High School and Notre Dame, where he was an All-American and the 2015 Dick Butkus Award winner. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, he’s established himself as one of the NFL’s most versatile and athletic linebackers.
At the same time, he’s also become one of the NFL’s best citizens off the field. His Clear Eye View (CEV) Charitable Fund provides funding to his Minority Entrepreneurship Institute, which focuses on supporting minority entrepreneurship to close the economic and educational gap for minorities through resources, education and accessibility that minority entrepreneurs need to succeed.
He’s also partnered with local organizations to help battle childhood obesity. In 2017, he was the Cowboys’ Ed Block Courage Award winner, as voted by his teammates for his "inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.” He’s an active investor and entrepreneur, and is completing his studies for a degree in film and television from Notre Dame this May.
“It’s an absolute honor to stand alongside John and join an amazing family of Red Coat recipients,” Smith said. “Just as importantly, I’m excited to help support Mad Anthonys Children’s Foundation in raising money for the Children’s Hope House and the services they provide families throughout our region.”
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Tippmann is the founder and chairman of the Tippmann Group, which is composed of three companies: Interstate Warehousing, Tippmann Construction and Tippmann Properties. Interstate Warehousing owns and operates more than 100 million cubic feet of refrigerated/frozen space and is the largest privately owned company of its kind in the United States. The combined companies generate more than $300 million in revenue annually and employ 1,300 people around the country.
In addition, Tippmann has long been an active community supporter and philanthropist through a number of organizations, including Vincent Village, Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic and the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. He also is founder and chairman of the Mary Cross Tippmann Foundation, named in honor of his late mother, that supports a number of Fort Wayne-area charitable organizations each year.
“It is awe-inspiring to be named a Red Coat recipient and join such a distinguished list of past honorees,” Tippman said. “For me, providing resources for those individuals and organizations in need is what I know best. The blessings of business success simply strengthen my ability to give back.”
Smith and Tippmann join an internationally renowned list of previous Red Coat recipients from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics, including Neil Armstrong, John Wooden, Bob Knight, Gene Keady, Peyton Manning and Vice President Mike Pence. A full list of Red Coat recipients is available here. All funds raised by Mad Anthonys Children’s Foundation will support the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House.