Parents love to dote on their children and proudly share about their accomplishments and steadfast character, but it is less often that the children get the chance to honor their parents. Annually, the tables are turned as the Baylor Parents League announces the Baylor University Parents of the Year — an honor given only to those who exemplify selfless service and unceasing love for their children and for Baylor.
When Baylor senior Emily Underwood heard that her parents, Max (BBA ’78, MBA ’04) and Debbie (BSEd ’81, MS ’82) Underwood, were being named the 2010 Baylor Parents of the Year, she enthusiastically described them as teachers, counselors, nurses, coaches and encouragers who instilled wisdom into her and her brother, Brad (BA ’08), through songs, Bible verses and inspirational quotes. Yes, Max and Debbie Underwood fit the bill.
Debbie, with a family history of Baylor Bears, and Max, a first-generation Baylor student, only began their Baylor experience by earning degrees here. As alumni — and now parents of their own Bears — they have poured their lives into other Baylor parents in their community of Colleyville, Texas. Not only do the Underwoods lead 1st Call to Prayer monthly meetings and other events in their local Baylor Parents League chapter, but Debbie and Max also willingly serve through the Baylor Network.
And their roles in the Baylor Nation are only matched by their generosity. Faithful supporters of the Parents Fund, Baylor Athletics, Truett Seminary and Baylor’s Honors College, the Underwoods’ Baylor pride is undeniable.
Sic ’em, Max and Debbie!