Role models are extremely important to have in communities to encourage and guide the youth. For Montgomery Village, Coach Joseph Hooks is just that. Coach Hooks is the coach for the Montgomery Village Chiefs football team. COVID-19 has put a huge damper on their typical summer football drills. However, Coach Hooks is doing his part to ensure that his players stay in shape even as well giving back to their community.
Coach Hooks has a personal connection with Montgomery County, Maryland because he grew up in the community himself and was a student of Montgomery Village Middle School. He is a guy that knows firsthand of the struggle that some face in the area and wants to lead by example now that he is in a position to help. Times are very tough for people with the unemployment rates at all-time high and the state of the country not improving financially. Coach Hooks gathers his team up to give away groceries to hundreds of struggling families in the community after their outdoor practice. The line stretches for blocks but it is understandable considering the unprecedented times we are in and people being in desperate need of basic necessities.
Coach Hooks has been working with corporations, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations for over a month now to have a supply of food that can be distributed to the families that need it the most. Easterns Automotive Group and ABC 7 WJLA heard about Coach Hooks and his tremendous community efforts and wanted to be apart of it. They were able to highlight Coach Hooks on their Helping Hands segment and provide him with a special donation. Joel Bassam surprised Coach Hooks in person with a $1,500 donation to contribute to his great cause. This will allow him and his team to provide groceries for many more families in the DMV.
Watch the video to see how everything unfolded.
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