The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a non-profit corporation headquartered in McKinney, TX. The IRS has formally approved the THF for 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status (EIN: 80-0099679).
The THF was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athleteÂ from Plano, TX.Â Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003 as a result of the use of anabolic steroids. This Foundation was founded by the parents, family and friends of Taylor after his death when the founders became aware of the magnitude of a growing problem among high school and college studentsÂ across the US and Canada–the illegal use and abuse of anabolic steroids as an appearance andÂ performance enhancement drug in addition to the abuse of HGH and other APEDs by our kids. Â They discovered that this is a serious problem among young athletes and non-athletes, and learned that young people and their parents are generally ignorant of either the prevalence of or the real dangers of these powerful drugs.
Along with his family, Don Hooton formed the Taylor Hooton Foundation. He currently serves as the organization's president and sits on the Board of Directors along with a group of distinguished volunteers. Don has spoken directly toÂ hundreds of thousands ofÂ kids, parents, coaches, doctors, elite athletes, and others around the country. He has testified as an expert witness before Congress on three occasions, met with governors and legislators from a number of states, and other leaders that are interested in tackling this issue. In addition, he has told Taylor's Story on a significant number of national (and international) television and radio shows in addition to major newspapers and magazines.
For his work in this field,
- Don was named the Texas Sports Personality of the Year by the Dallas Morning News in 2005.
- In 2009, heÂ was named the 15th Most Powerful Sports Person in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Observer,
- He wasÂ named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport,Â and
- He was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the United States Sports Academy.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation is widely recognized at the national leader on the topic of APEDs use by the youth of the US and Canada.