It's Spike Dykes Day in Lubbock; Former Coach Named Hero

Former Red Raider Coach Spike Dykes is awarded for his charitable work at a luncheon Friday.

When you think about Coach Spike Dykes you probably think about football.

He has spent 41 seasons coaching high school and college football across the state.

13 of those seasons coaching Red Raiders.

But what his friends and family think about is charity and giving.

“How could you not be interested in helping people,” Spike Dykes said.

That is exactly why he was honored Friday by Lubbock Area Foundation.

“Every year when we look for a candidate for hero we try to find someone who embodies the values of west Texas and someone who has given so much to the community,” Louise Cummins said. “We couldn’t think of a more deserving person than Spike Dykes.”

 “Thank y’all a lot,” Dykes said. “I really appreciate it and I am flattered, thank you.”

Louise Cummins is chair of the Lubbock Area Foundation board.

She said at first Coach Dykes did not want to be honored at the Hero’s Luncheon.

“The Lubbock Area Foundation, it really is an unbelievable thing,” Dykes said. “I had no clue what it was until I got involved in it and they really do a lot for a lot of people.”

But Coach Dykes could not resist the chance to see many of his old players including former Red Raider running back Ricky Williams.

“When you say anything for Spike Dykes I get up and move,” Dykes said. “He has made such an impact on so many players’ lives here at Texas Tech outside the field and on.”

 Part of becoming a hero means Coach Dykers can create an endowment fund to help local charities.

“Thank goodness for the people who are generous,” Dykes said. “I know people they get tired sometimes of getting hit up for donations but when it goes to a great cause and helps people change their lives, the sky is the limit.”

Coach Dykes said he wants the money he raises to go towards Alzheimer research and children’s programs. 

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