Coach Kim Taylor, Jr. (Courtesy photo)

A campaign has been launched to provide financial assistance to honor Kim Taylor, Sr., a long time educator at local schools throughout greater L.A. Known to many as “Coach,” Taylor is in need of a heart transplant and kidney transplant and is currently undergoing physician clearances to prepare for surgery.

According to his family, Taylor worked more than 40 years as a teacher and varsity football coach at Inglewood High, University High, St. Monica High, Bassett High, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School, St. Paul High, Dorsey High, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, Compton College, and Southwest College.

“He was dedicated to teaching, developing, and coaching student-athletes. He taught them the fundamentals of football, coached them to league championships, and instilled life goals, making a difference that changed their lives,” Said Recording Artist, Kari Taylor. “Coach Taylor went the extra mile, even sacrificing his family to impact the lives of the students he coached.”

Describing Taylor as “a humble, kind-hearted, mild-spirited soul,” Kari said Coach Taylor spearheaded several fundraising efforts in the past to aid football and track programs, construct state-of-the-art workout gyms and remodel school offices. He also served as a volunteer for community and school events.

Prior to being diagnosed with advanced heart failure, Taylor dreamed of starting a football camp filled with training equipment for students. Kari said proceeds from the fundraising campaign will go towards launching the football camp in Taylor’s name.

“It would mean so much if people would join me in this heartfelt effort to help celebrate Coach Taylor. You can make a difference in his life,” said Kari.’

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