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Paulding County’s Hamilton receives honors for work in special education
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
June 11, 2014 01:59 PM | 1173 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>Paulding County High School football coach Scott Hamilton displays the various awards he’s received for community service, including the Governor’s Award from Nobis Works and National High School Spirit of Sport Award.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
Paulding County High School football coach Scott Hamilton displays the various awards he’s received for community service, including the Governor’s Award from Nobis Works and National High School Spirit of Sport Award.
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Paulding County High School head football coach Scott Hamilton has received numerous honors for his “Player of the Day” program which allows a special needs student to participate in the game activities of the football team, including receiving a game day jersey to wear at the school, accompanying the team in the pregame meal and on the sidelines and participating in the pregame warm-ups if physically capable.

In March, Hamilton was selected as the 2014 Section Three recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The fourth-year head coach of the Patriots was also honored at the Nobis Works 16th Annual Galaxy of Stars Luncheon and Tommy Awards Ceremony on April 30 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Vinings.

The organization, founded by Atlanta Falcons’ Hall of Famer Tommy Nobis, provides community rehabilitation for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Hamilton received two awards at the event, the Barrier Breaker Award as well as the organizations’ highest honor, the Governor’s Award, which was presented by Nobis and Georgia first lady Sandra Deal. She also gave Hamilton a signed letter from Gov. Nathan Deal.

“I knew that I was nominated for the Barrier Breaker award but wasn’t aware of the Governor’s award,” said Hamilton about the event. “I was happy to receive the honors and meet Tommy Nobis as a longtime Falcons fan.”

The honors have been humbling for Hamilton and his community program.

“When I became the head coach at Paulding County, I wanted to develop a program and not just a team,” he said.

“This is one of the facets of the program of building a whole person. If we create a good football player and not a person, what have we accomplished?”

Hamilton said the players also raised $700 on their own as a donation to a family with a member suffering breast cancer as further efforts to support the Paulding County community.

“We’ve spent time getting the kids to realize that life is more than football and help them develop into men,” said Hamilton.

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