On August 22, 2011, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced that as part of the Reagan Centennial Celebration, three football legends – College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz; Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie; and four-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Lynn Swann – would serve as Co-Chairs of the Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss.
As part of the Coin Toss, 32 NFL teams, 120 NCAA D1 football teams, all NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) teams, and nearly 14,000 high school teams were invited to flip a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin at the start of each game.
As a result, between September 2011 and December 2011, the National Football Coin Toss was participated in from coast to coast and nearly every state by over 6,800 high schools, nearly 200 universities and colleges and seven NFL teams. Each team received a specially minted Reagan Centennial coin which was tossed in honor of the President at the start of the game. A Reagan tribute video was shown at hundreds of stadiums and a civics curriculum, developed by our university partner, The Miller Center at the University of Virginia, was sent to high schools across America. Nearly 2,500 high schools also chose to turn the Centennial commemorative coin into an ongoing leadership award for an outstanding student at their school for years to come.
Watch the tribute video.
Download the high school curriculum.