About the Foundation
As the son of two school teachers, Kirk Gibson learned early on the importance of education and community. In March of 1996, when forming the Kirk Gibson Foundation, Gibson was proud to give back to and support students at Waterford Kettering and Clarkston High Schools, where his parents Robert and Barbara had taught for many years. Through the foundation, high school students – both athletes and non-athletes alike – have been provided scholarships to attend college for the past 20 years.
His passion for empowering students didn’t stop there. In 1998, Victory for MSU national campaign co-chairpersons Ambassador Peter Secchia and Kirk Gibson helped raise substantial funds for the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Center at Gibson’s alma mater, Michigan State University. The two-story, 31,000 square foot Smith Center serves over 700 student-athletes in all of MSU’s Division I sports. This nationally-recognized facility offers a wide range of services including: academic counseling, computer labs with instruction, tutoring in all subject areas, career planning and more.
In 2010, through SCP Auctions, one of the nation’s largest auctioneers and private sellers of important sports memorabilia, Gibson auctioned off his 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Trophy that sold for $45,000 and his 1988 National League MVP Award Plaque that sold for $110,000, netting $155,000 for the Kirk Gibson Foundation.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015, Gibson has decided to expand the mission of the Kirk Gibson Foundation and is committed to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research, by promoting collaboration, cooperation and teamwork. The Kirk Gibson Foundation fundraising efforts are not limited to Parkinson’s, rather all neurological disorders associated with the disease including ALS, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.