A Message From Coach Frye

After Losing My Father To Diabetes, I Have Pledged to Commit My Resources To Supporting Others Dealing With Diabetes and Mental Illness.

Each year I repeat a litany for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King taught us that involvement produces the precious fruit of empowerment. Each year I pledge my commitment to involvement in my community in order to better our society and to empower those who will come after.

By creating a foundation I hope to support the people fighting to live with diabetes and mental illness. We hope to be able to aid many people in their fight against diabetes and mental illness by spiritual, mental, and financial support.

Our Mission

The Frye Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the assistance of persons and their families that deal with diabetes and mental illnesses, as well as other charitable causes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. It is estimated that the cost of diabetes in the United States is $218 billion per year. Mental illness affects 57.7 million adults over the age of 18; about 1 in 4 in the United States according to the National Institute of Mental Illness.

Founded by the University of South Carolina Head Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye and his wife Wilma in 2011, The Frye Foundation provides support for diabetes and mental illnesses in research and development, mentoring programs, and funding for scholarships for students that will major in programs that assist in the treatment.

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What We Do

5k Run/Walks

We host 5k Run/Walks throughout the year to promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise. By keeping track of each participant's time, our goal is for returning runners to get faster at each event.

Charity Golf Tournament

One of our biggest events is the Frye Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. Held every year, the proceeds generated by this event help fund our efforts to fight diabetes and mental illness.


Education is incredibly important. We award two full scholarships to prospective students at Midlands Technical College and Sandhills Community College.

Research & Development

Part of the money that we raise goes to funding research and development by other organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association and Mental Health America of South Carolina.

Mentoring Programs

One of our longterm goals is to develop mentoring programs to help kids affected by diabetes and mental illness.

Diabetes National
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Education Program
Diabetes National Alliance
Diabetes Resources
CDC - Diabetes Health Resource
National Diabetes Education Initiative
The Frye Foundation Inc.
PO Box 212033
Columbia, SC 29221
Phone: (800) 315-3611
Fax: (803) 403-8003
Email: info@thefryefoundation.org