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What We Do

OUR STORY

The Lutzie 43 Foundation was established in loving memory of Philip Lutzenkirchen, shortly after his death in 2014. The objective of the foundation is to inspire young people to make better decisions as drivers and friends, using Philip’s life and legacy to inspire change. The foundation’s motto for young students and athletes is to “Live like Lutz, Love like Lutz, and Learn from Lutz,” reflecting our desire to help others live out the many positive character attributes that Philip displayed, while learning from the circumstances that led to his death.

OUR MISSION

The Lutzie 43 Foundation exists to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents, ultimately diminishing the number of deaths caused by unsafe driving. The foundation fulfills this mission by encouraging and empowering young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving, carried out through our 43 Key Seconds initiative. We aim to encourage and empower young people to be positive ambassadors for safe driving through character development, mentorship and real-world application.

TAKE 43 KEY SECONDS TO COMPLETE THE SAFE DRIVING CHECKLIST:

Ensure you have a clear head- one that is not affected by alcohol, drugs, emotions or fatigue.

Have clear hands- send a text, adjust the radio and put all devices away so you can drive hands-free.

Set your sights on the road ahead. Do not look to the side at a passenger or down at a text.

Finally, click your seatbelt. It’s the law and could save your life!

Our Initiatives

43 KEY SECONDS SAFE DRIVING TALKS:

Mike Lutzenkirchen, Philip’s father, spreads the word through the “43 Key Seconds” Talk, which is his honest and courageous discussion of Philip’s life and the car accident that led to his death. In his talk, Mike encourages young people to learn from the mistakes his son made, while being inspired by his many positive character attributes.

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Scholarship

Philip Francis Lutzenkirchen became a household name during his football career at Auburn, but his impact and legacy extended well beyond his days on the gridiron. As a loving brother, son, friend and devout follower of Christ, he impacted his communities in many ways through service, leadership, mentorship and genuine compassion. Established in Philip’s memory, the PFL (Prepared For Life) Character Scholarship program equips outstanding young people with the tools and lessons he or she needs to leave a lasting and profound legacy through mentor development, education and scholarship. It is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding character in the areas of service and leadership, showing these characteristics in their decision to serve as positive ambassadors for safe driving to their peers and in their communities.

Scholarship Interest Form

Board of Directors

Mike Lutzenkirchen

Mike Lutzenkirchen

Mike Lutzenkirchen is the father of the late Philip Lutzenkirchen, former Auburn University student-athlete from 2009-2012. Since Philip’s passing in 2014, Mike has served as the executive director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation and has made it his mission in life to carry out Philip’s legacy. Prior to starting the Lutzie 43 Foundation, Mike’s career in sales, sales management and marketing included positions with Macmillan Publishing, IBM and SpeedTracs. He was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, a Chicago area suburb and now resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife of 32 years, Mary. Together they have three daughters, Amy, Ann and Abby.

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PFL Scholarship winner, Philip Lutzenkirchen. Auburn, college

Ann Lutzenkirchen

Ann Lutzenkirchen

Ann Lutzenkirchen is a graduate of Winthrop University where she played Division I soccer for the Eagles. Graduating with a major in Broadcast Journalism, Ann is currently a Social Media Producer for Turner Sports in Atlanta. Working on the Emmy-Award winning show "Inside the NBA" on TNT along with other Turner properties. Ann is Philip's middle sister.

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Auburn Weekend, Bo Jackson at Auburn Weekend

VINCENT “BO” JACKSON

VINCENT “BO” JACKSON

Vincent “Bo” Jackson, a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Family and Child Development. Jackson has served in many successful endeavors beyond his outstanding athletic career. His current roles include the President of Bo Jackson Enterprises and CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports, as well as being Director of the Burr Ridge Bank and Trust in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Bo and his daughter got to know Philip during his time at Auburn.

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Kim Hudson

Kim Hudson

Kim Hudson, JD, a graduate of Auburn University and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, is a partner and practicing attorney with Davis, Bingham & Hudson. Kim and her husband, Tim Hudson, also run the Hudson Family Foundation. Kim got to know Philip through his participation in various events associated with the Hudson Family Foundation.

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KATIE MEIER

KATIE MEIER

Katie Meier, a graduate of Duke University, serves as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Miami. Katie is on the Board of Directors of the Kay Yow Foundation. Katie also is Philip’s Aunt.

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BOB PENTER

BOB PENTER

Bob Penter, CFA, a graduate of the University of Florida’s MBA program, is a partner in the investment consulting practice of Aon Corporation and director of the Lassiter Foundation. Bob and his family have known Philip since he moved to Marietta in 1997, with Bob’s sons and Philip growing up together as close friends.

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Bill McLellan

Bill McLellan

Bill McLellan is a graduate of Manhattan College and currently serves as an independent management consultant in Atlanta, GA. Bill is a former board chairman of L.E.A.D., Inc., an Atlanta-based 501c3 charitable organization and is a founding member of Getaway2Give (G2G), an Atlanta-based social enterprise that has helped it's charity partners raise over $5 million dollars since 2013. Shannon McLellan (Bill and his wife, Janet's daughter) was in Philip’s 2009 Lassiter High School graduating class.

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