Gene Stallings is a motivational leader who frequently addresses large audiences on the subjects of Down syndrome and intellectual disability. He has coached football for the University of Alabama, Texas A&M University, the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals, and the Dallas Cowboys. He recently retired from coaching and lives with this family in Paris, Texas. Sally Cook has written on family topics for the Associated Press and many national magazines. She lives in New York City.
When the beloved Alabama football coach Gene Stallings's son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him.